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Rochester Somalis condemn Kenya mall attack

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Muslims across Minnesota are condemning the actions of al-Shabab, saying there is no place for violence in their religion. 

Minnesota has the largest Somali population in the United States. On Monday, people across the state reflected on the terrorist attack at a Nairobi shopping mall Saturday that has left at least 62 people dead.

"The situation that's happening now in Kenya is a very sad and painful situation," said Mohamed Sheik Nur from the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association in Rochester. 

 al-Shabab, an extremist group from Somalia, has taken full responsibility for the attacks and claims they were carried out in the name of God. 

"There is no way that Muslims allow to kill innocent people," Sheik Nur added. 

An emergency meeting was held by Twin Cities Somali Imams in Minneapolis Monday following reports that two of the al-Shabab shooters may be from Minnesota. 

 "This form of extremism is a menace to world peace, and requires cooperation from throughout the world community to counteract it," Imam Abdisalam Adam said.

Khairia Abdulrahman, a Rochester resident from Somalia visiting the Islamic Center in Rochester, said al-Shabab has strayed from the teachings of Islam.

"They're killing people and they say 'we have to kill in religion' and that is not true. That is not true," Abdulrahman said.

Sheik Nur added, "It is something that kills the reputation of Muslims."
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