New York, NY —
As authorities investigate possible motives for this weekend's attempted car bombing in Times Square, members of the local Muslim community are condemning the incident. Waseem Sayed is spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, which has several mosques in New York and New Jersey. He says they felt the need to issue a statement saying Islam does not support violence.
"There is, I'm sure, in the minds of many Muslims fear that if they don't respond by condemning these kinds of incidents then people may perceive them to be tacitly supporting such actions," Sayed says.
The SUV was parked near the offices of Viacom, which owns Comedy Central. The network recently aired an episode of the animated show "South Park" that the radical group "Revolution Muslim" had complained insulted the Prophet Muhammad by depicting him in a bear costume. Authorities have not mentioned any connection between the episode and the SUV.
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