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Tue December 29, 2009
Mich. Muslims condemn al-Qaida role in jet attack
SOUTHFIELD, MI –
Nigerian-American and other Michigan Muslim leaders have condemned al-Qaida and its claim of responsibility for the Christmas attack on a Detroit-bound plane.
They spoke Tuesday at a news conference in the Detroit suburb of Southfield at the Michigan office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Chapter head Dawud Walid calls the attack part of a "war against the spirit of Islam itself."
Joining Walid was Imam Kazeem Agboola of The Muslim Community Center in Detroit, most of whose members are from Nigeria. The Yemeni-American Muslim community also was represented.
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula says members coordinated the attack with Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. He spent years in Yemen.