One Denmark-based Islamist group won’t condemn weekend shootings

Danish mosques and Muslim organisations are condemning the weekend terror attacks that killed two men, wounded five police officers and resulted in the death of gunman Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein.

A file photo of Hizb ut-Tahrir demonstrating in Copenhagen. Photo: EPO/Creative Commons

A file photo of Hizb ut-Tahrir demonstrating in Copenhagen. Photo: EPO/Creative Commons

At least one Muslim group would not distance itself from the attacks. In a statement, the Scandinavian branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir declined to take that stand.

“Some would require that Muslims must denounce this attack,” read the statement. “Others will advocate that not all Muslims are extreme, but are part of the Danish community as long as they are in favour of secularism and freedom of expression. Both reactions have essentially the same purpose. Muslims must accept secularism, and every Muslim who refuses and instead insists on Islamic values and laws will be considered as a potential security threat.”

Martin Henriksen, a spokesperson for Dansk Folkeparti, said that Hizb ut-Tahrir should be shut down for making that statement.

“This is an acceptance of terror so we should, of course, shut it down,” Henriksen told Jyllands-Posten. “I do not consider Hizb ut-Tahrir a small part of the Muslim community in Denmark, but rather a growing minority in the process of becoming larger and stronger.”

Read more: Copenhagen Post

 

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