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Imams call for release of hostages

By Aine Fox

Muslim leaders have used sermons to reiterate their opposition to extremism, urge young people not to join fundamentalist fighters, and call for the release of all hostages held by the Islamic State (IS).

Imams across Scotland used Friday prayers to reinforce these messages, according to a joint statement from the Muslim Council of Scotland, Islamic Society of Britain and Glasgow Central Mosque.

Last month US journalist James Foley was beheaded by an IS fighter with a British accent nicknamed "Jihadi John". David Haines from Perth is currently under threat from the group.

Muslim leaders said: "The actions of IS are against the teachings of Islam and therefore supporting or joining such an organisation is unacceptable"

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