Local Islamic group to speak out against San Bernardino shootings

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BALLWIN, MO (KTVI) – For the second time in less than a month, a local Islamic group is calling a news conference to speak out against actions taken in the name of their religion.

The Council on American Islamic Relations will address reporters in just a few hours. The fact they feel a need to call this news conference at all speaks volumes about the concerns they have about being lumped in with extremists.

Horrific, revolting; those are just a couple of the words used to describe the attack in San Bernardino, California that killed fourteen people. This morning ISIS is claiming one of the two shooters in the massacre, had pledged loyalty to them prior to the attack. Investigators are saying it appears the shootings may have been ISIS inspired but likely not directly ordered by the group.

Muslim groups have been quick to speak out against these kind of terror attacks. They clearly feel the climate requires them to make clear that such actions come from a small minority.

Sunday will be the second time in a month the Council on American Islamic Relations has gathered reporters. What they said about the Paris attacks will likely be similar to what they’ll say this morning.

A number of speakers are expected to address reporters here later this morning on the current situation in California.

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