Survivor Who Prayed at Same Mosque as San Bernardino Shooters Calls Attack 'Anti-Islamic'
Anies Kondoker was shot three times in the attack.
— -- A San Bernardino, California, shooting survivor and her husband are calling last week's attack "anti-Islamic."
Anies Kondoker, who is Muslim, is now recovering after she was shot three times during the shooting that left 14 dead and 21 injured, ABC station KABC reported. She hid in a bathroom with coworkers until help arrived, the station said.
Kondoker's husband, Salihin, told KABC he and his wife are concerned American Muslims could face backlash by those connecting the Islamic faith to terror. The couple wants to remind the public that the attack was "anti-Islamic" and that the shooters were not true believers of the Islamic faith, he said.
"I don't believe terrorism and religion has any connection," Salihin Kondoker said. The Kondokers are members of the Islamic Center of Riverside mosque, the same mosque shooters Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, had attended.
Salihin Kondoker, citing the Koran, explained how the attack was against Muslim beliefs, saying, "If you kill one innocent human being you will be charged as if you have killed entire humanity."
Salihin Kondoker also pointed out that the attack last week and other terror attacks like 9/11 wounded and killed innocent people of all religions, including Muslims like his wife.
Though family members want the Kondokers to return to Bangladesh, Salihin Kondoker said America is the couple's home and they're ready to fight terror in solidarity with Americans of all faiths.
The "only way we can fight this crime [is] if we are united, if we are together," Salihin Kondoker said. "I shall go to visit your church, temple, synagogue and pray with you and mourn with you about our tragedy. And should come to my mosque and pray with me."
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