- Associated Press - Friday, December 11, 2015

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) - Local Muslim leaders and community members gathered at a public square in Hamtramck to denounce the actions of those who engage in religious extremism.

Some of the speakers Friday were imams from area houses of worship. Others were elected officials or community leaders.

All distanced themselves from terrorist attacks carried out in the name of Islam.

A number of rally attendees held a banner that read: “We denounce ISIS and condemn terrorism against humanity” - a reference to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, an extremist group known for deadly attacks, kidnappings and torture.

Hamtramck recently elected what some believe is the nation’s first Muslim-majority City Council. The Detroit enclave became predominantly Polish last century and now has residents from Yemen, Bangladesh, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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