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Bosnian Islamic leader slams radicals as ‘renegades’

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Bosnia’s top Muslim cleric on Sunday condemned a recent gun attack on the US embassy in Sarajevo, calling radical Muslims who resort to violence “renegades.”

“Those who secede from the (Islamic) community are led by Satan,” Mustafa Ceric was quoted as saying by the FENA news agency during Eid al-Adha prayers held at Sarajevo’s main mosque.

Mevlid Jasarevic, who was shot by Bosnian police as he fired on the embassy late last month, is believed to have joined Bosnia’s Wahhabi movement, a strict and ultra-conservative branch of Islam which is dominant in Saudi Arabia.

Citing the gun attack, Ceric said Jasarevic was “one of the renegades of the Islamic community” and warned that followers of the Wahhabi school were “breaking apart Muslim unity.”

Bosnia’s Muslims, who make up around 40 percent of the country’s population of some 3.8 million, are mainly followers of a moderate form of Islam.

But the Balkan country is also home to a small minority of Wahhabi followers and local authorities have been cracking down on the movement’s members.