- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Attorney for New Mexico is hoping a visit to an Islamic community center in Albuquerque will send a message against any anti-Muslim backlash.

U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez joined Muslims at the Islamic Center of New Mexico on Saturday night to celebrate the last few days of the holy month of Ramadan.

The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is observed by Muslims everywhere as a month of fasting from dawn until dusk.

Martinez’s appearance is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s ongoing efforts to address threats against Muslims, Arabs and Sikhs in the wake of terrorism incidents involving perpetrators who claim to be following Islam.

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