More than 130 imams refuse to bury London attackers

More than 130 imams refuse to bury London attackers

PanARMENIAN.Net - More than 130 imams from Britain are refusing to offer Islamic burials to the three men who launched attacks Saturday, June 3 night in London, killing seven and wounding dozens more, CNN reports.

"We will not perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer for the perpetrators and we also urge fellow imams and religious authorities to withdraw such a privilege," the Muslim leaders said Monday in a statement posted on social media.

The imams described their actions as "unprecedented," though mosques in Manchester, England, and in the United States have refused to bury Muslims involved in terror attacks in recent years.

Imam Abdullah Hasan of Imams Against Domestic Abuse, who posted the statement online, said the funeral rite "is normally performed for every Muslim regardless of their actions."

Seven people died and 48 were injured when three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, then leaped out and stabbed several others in nearby bars and restaurants. Police killed the three attackers.

British police have identified two of the three men behind Saturday night's terror attack in London as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane. The third attacker has been identified, police said, but his name has not been publicly released.

The ISIS-linked Amaq News Agency claimed a "detachment of Islamic State fighters" carried out the attack but provided no evidence to back up its claim.

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