Portsmouth and Fareham Muslim leaders back freedom of British hostage

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TWO muslims from the local area are amongst those to sign a letter calling for the release of a British hostage Alan Henning.

More than 100 Muslim leaders from across the country have signed a letter calling for the release of the British aid worker who was kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) extremists in Syria.

Among those signing the letter are representatives of all strands of Islam from Shia to Sunni to Salafi, Sufi, and Deobandi.

And it includes Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo from Portsmouth and Mohammedraza Kanji from Fareham.

The 47-year-old was a volunteer on an aid convoy in December last year when he was seized just after crossing into Syria.

In the letter to The Independent, the group said such actions could not be justified anywhere in the Koran or Islamic tradition, and the “fanatics” were not acting as Muslims but perpetrating the worst crimes against humanity.