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Local Muslim organizations are condemning the massacre at a Paris newspaper office that killed 12 people.

“WNYMuslims mourns the tragic death of 12 people and considers it as an attack on freedom of expression,” the editorial board of the Amherst-based, non-profit media organization, said in a statement. “These acts of violence are both un-Islamic and inhumane.”

One of three suspected Muslim extremists has surrendered to authorities in connection with Wednesday’s attack at Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satirical newspaper that had lampooned Islam.

Two gunmen, armed with assault rifles, sprayed gunfire inside an editorial board meeting, killing several members of the staff as well as police officers.

“We are a platform for all, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, encouraging conversations to seek and promote peaceful solutions,” WNYMuslims said in the statement. “This tragedy further unites us and deepens our commitment to provide opportunities to serve the diverse communities by practicing key values of awareness, diversity and service.”

Meanwhile, a similar statement was issued by Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, an American-Muslim organization established in 1920, which has a chapter in Buffalo.

“Nothing justifies this barbaric and inhumane attack,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, the organization’s national vice president. “Islam and Prophet Muhammad teach that life is sacrosanct and specifically forbids any worldly punishment for blasphemy. The culprits behind this atrocity have violated every Islamic tenet of compassion, justice and peace.”

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