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Muslims in US distance themselves from killers

Published:Sunday | December 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Maria Ansari (forefront) joined others at a Muslim Community Prayer Vigil for San Bernadino shooting victims last week.

Muslims gathered at one of Southern California's largest mosques have denounced last Wednesday's massacre, which occurred only about two dozen miles away.

About 200 people met at the mosque in Chino last Thursday night for a prayer vigil and to send a message that Ahsan Khan described as "love for all, hatred for none".

Khan and other leaders of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community described the shooting that killed 14 people in San Bernardino as deplorable and horrific.

Leaders also said they didn't know Syed Farook, who was killed along with his wife in a gun battle with police.

Group spokesman Amjad Mahmood Khan cautioned that no one yet knows the motives of the killers and can't presume it was faith-driven.

But he said the "radicalisation of Muslim youth is a problem".