BALLWIN, Mo. (KMOX) – St. Louis area Muslim leaders are speaking out against the mass killings in Paris.

Faizan Syed is director of the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR.

He says mosques throughout the U.S. are on alert for acts of Islamaphobia, “We’ve already received threats across the country of potential fire-bombings, physical threats against people who work with CAIR. Imams have called police over threats of hatred left on answering machines.”

Syed says those who carried out the Paris attacks are Daesh extremists, and their acts should be condemned.

Ghazala Hayet is with the Muslim Council of Greater St. Louis, “The terrorists all over the world do not represent any faith, nation, or ideology. They are the face of evil.”

Hayet says the strength of unity in support of law enforcement and military is necessary to defeat evil.

At a news conference on Saturday, she said local Muslims are deeply-saddened by the deaths and injuries in France, and they pray for recovery and peace.

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