Genoa

Muslim community distances self from Italian combatant

'I don't believe he was converted here' says UCOI president

Muslim community distances self from Italian combatant

(see related) Genoa, June 18 - The head of the Italian Union of Islamic Communities and Organizations (UCOI) on Tuesday distanced his group from the Italian Muslim convert who was killed fighting alongside extremist rebels in Syria. "Our role as men and women of faith, just as other faiths, is to work together to send a message of co-existence and not to leave space for personal interpretations of divine messages," said Ezzedine Elzir. "I don't know this boy, and I know that (the Muslim community) in Genoa didn't know him... "I don't believe he was converted here in Italy". (photo: a Muslim prays at a mosque in Rome)

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