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BR6104 courtyard, al-Azhar mosque, Cairo, Egypt

Cairo: Muslim clerics condemned three militant attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France on Friday that killed dozens of people including holidaymakers last month. Al-Azhar, a leading Sunni Muslim institution based in Egypt, said the “heinous” shooting at a Tunisian coastal resort which killed 28 people, mostly Europeans, was a “violation of all religious and humanitarian norms”. In a statement, it also condemned a suicide bombing at a Kuwaiti Shiite mosque that killed at least 25 worshipers in an attack claimed by Daesh (the so-called IS)group. “Al-Azhar calls on the international community to defeat this terrorist group though all available means,” it said in a statement referring to Daesh. The militant group, which controls parts of Syria and Iraq and commands affiliates in several other countries, had called for attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. n