The Islamic community in Croatia on Saturday strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris and offered condolences to the families of the victims.

"The latest crimes committed in yesterday's attack in Paris appalled us and left us in disbelief. All the more so because this time too the perpetrators tried to make it look as if they did it in the name of Islam, while the truth is that the killing of innocent people cannot be justified by either faith or anything else," said a statement signed by the head of the Islamic community in Croatia, Mufti Aziz Hasanovic.

"We condemn these crimes in the strongest terms possible and extend our sincerest condolences to the families of the victims, hoping that God will give them strength in these difficult times of temptation. Although justice in this world is increasingly hard to come by, we are confident that the criminals will not escape punishment," the statement said.

The Islamic community in Croatia called on all decision makers to follow the principle of equity in their work "so that we would not be identified with those who do the greatest injustices and wrongs by invoking God and faith."

According to the latest reports, 128 people were killed and 250 wounded in terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night. The jihadist group Islamic State claimed responsibility, saying in a statement on Saturday that the attacks were a response to the French military campaign against their fighters and to insults against the Muslim prophet. The group warned that France would be one of their main targets as long as it continued such a policy.

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