European Parliament President Martin Schulz Saturday condemned the defamation of Islam linked with the release of an anti-Islam film in the US that has caused outrage in the Muslim world.

"I strongly condemn the use of religion to incite hatred and violence. In the same manner, I strongly denounce any attempt to ridicule Islam," he said in a statemet.

Schulz also condemned attacks against US and EU diplomatic missions around the world and on NATO's Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

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