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Parliament Advisor: Boko Harams Behavior Not Related to Islam

TEHRAN, May 17, 2014 (FNA)- The Iranian Parliament Speakers Adviser for International Affairs, Hossein Sheikholeslam, deplored the recent abduction of more than two hundred Nigerian school girls by Boko Haram, a Wahhabi Al-Qaeda affiliate in Nigeria, and said such a behavior is not Islamic.

"The behavior of this group is very horrible and has not been witnessed even in the Medieval ages and I clearly state that such behavior isnt related to Islam at all," Sheikholeslam said on Sunday. He blamed the British for creating such groups to prevent the spread of religious populism by displaying an extremist image of the compassionate religion of Islam.

His remarks came after the British daily, Independent, reported said that a British-born man suspected of masterminding the recent Boko Haram bomb attacks in Nigeria that left around 100 people dead became radicalized during his years at a Welsh university. Experts warned that his case could signal the start of a new wave of British-Nigerian extremists travelling to fight for Boko Haram, attracted by its global notoriety following the kidnapping of more than 270 girls.

The Iranian foreign ministry has deplored the kidnapping of the Nigerian school girls by Boko Haram, calling it an inhumane move. "Unfortunately, Nigeria has been entangled by the terrorist groups for a while and its security and stability have been endangered and the Nigerian citizens have sustained loss and damage," Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham told reporters in Tehran early May.

She expressed concern about the abduction of the Nigerian girls, and said, "We completely reject this inhumane act as an unacceptable move and we hope that action will be adopted to prevent operation of extremist groups and terrorists in Nigeria and the world and we hope that stability and tranquility will be established in that country at the earliest."


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