Jeddah, (IINA) – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemned the acts of terror committed in Marawi City, Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Southern Philippines, which took place on Tuesday.
OIC Secretary General Yousef Al-Othaimeen said that terrorists kidnapped innocent civilians and religious leaders and took them as hostages. These are serious crimes committed by a group of criminals and outlaws for the purpose of ransom, extortion, and terror, which are in contradiction to the tenets of Islam, its noble principles, and universal human values.
Al-Othaimeen conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims, to the government, the Bangsamoro people, and the entire Philippine nation. He reaffirmed the OIC’s principled and resolute position against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
At the same time, the secretary general expressed his hope that the response to this grave threat to public safety would be proportional to the threats being faced. He expressed concern about the adverse effects of prolonged state of martial law on the peace process, security, and developmental aspects of the Southern Philippines region.
The secretary general expressed the firm support of the OIC for the peace process and reiterated its willingness to work with the Philippine administration for that purpose.
Source: International Islamic News Agency