The leaders of Muslim communities in Britain have condemned the "barbaric violence" of Islamic extremists fighting in Syria and Iraq.

At an event in London called to promote peace between the world's religions, the Muslim Council of Britain, the Shia al-Khoei Foundation and other Muslim organisations said that fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (Isis) were acting "contrary to the values" of their religion.

They added that the extremists posed a threat to "Muslims of all demoninations and schools of thought" and expressed their outright opposition to the destruction and killing that the Islamist fighters were inflicting on the Iraqi and Syrian population.

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