It is ironic that these extremists have conducted such violence during Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting where Muslims across the globe immerse themselves in self-discipline and social welfare. In fact, Islam rests on the principles of peace and tolerance, a sharp contrast to the actions of these militant groups.
They do not represent Islam. They do not represent the global Muslim community, who are the first to condemn and apologize for their actions.
I urge all readers, not to let their perceptions of Islam, and their Muslim neighbours and countrymen to be stained by the actions of a few.
I send my sincerest condolences and prayers to the victims of this attack.