Turkish opposition and political figure, Mohamed Fethullah Gülen - File Photo
CAIRO – 28 October 2017: Turkish opposition and political figure Mohamed Fethullah Gülen mourned on Saturday the police personnel who were killed in a terrorist attack in the Wahat area in Giza governorate last week.
In a message to the Egyptian people, Gülen expressed his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
Gülen confirmed that the Egyptian people are brought up on moderate Islam, indicating they will be in solidarity with all state agencies in their effort to eradicate terrorism.
“I have followed the terrorist attack of Wahat, which resulted in the killing of dozens of police personnel,” stated Gülen, adding, “These terrorist attacks have nothing to do with Islam, and terrorism has no religion.”
“I always say that a Muslim cannot be a terrorist, a terrorist cannot be Muslim, and Islam is innocent from these terrorist and extremist groups that threaten citizens, terrorize community peace and spread destruction,” added Gülen.
Gülen called on the world to exert more effort to confront these misleading thoughts in order to restore peace and stability throughout the world.
Egyptian authorities said last Saturday that two police operations were moving in on a suspected militant hideout on Friday, October 20 when one of the patrols came under fire from heavy weapons in a remote area around 135 km southwest of Cairo.
The Interior Ministry said 17 police were killed in that part of the operation and 13 more were wounded. At least 15 militants were also killed in the shootout.