Muslim groups across the country are denouncing the Boston bombing suspects, one of whom is dead and the other just captured
. CNN reports
on the various Islamic organizations and what they're saying about the attacks in the aftermath of a chase that's roiled the nation. While the motivation for the bombings isn't clear yet, it's known that both suspects, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, have in the past claimed
an Islamic identity.
"Those responsible for the terrorist attacks in Boston must face justice," said the executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR. "Any act of violence against innocent people is deplorable and is condemned in our faith."
"These are acts of crime, not acts of religion," said Benjamin Abdul-Haqq, an imam at Washington DC's Masjid Muhammad mosque. A spokesman for the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center said he could "never recognize these criminals as part of my city or my faith community."
Many of those interviewed also expressed fear of public reprisals, in a sentiment that echoes the mood for some following 9/11.
"We're very concerned, because in past instances some individuals have decided to go out and target further innocent people because they look different or belong to a faith that is a minority," said a CAIR official.