ATLANTA -- As investigators continue gathering information about attacks in New York and New Jersey, local leaders in Atlanta are reacting to the bombings.
So far, federal investigators have not found any evidence linking the bombings to any broader terrorist organizations, but that's not stopping local Muslims from condemning the attacks. 11Alive’s Neima Abdulahi spoke with local leaders and citizens, some of whom fear an attack like this could happen anywhere.
One local terrorism expert called attacks like this one unpredictable.
"The experts tell us it's not a matter of if. It's a matter of when,” he said. “It's a matter of when and where.”
Ahmad Rahami, an Afghan immigrant arrested for the bombings, faces attempted murder charges. But while federal investigators have not linked the attacks to a terrorist organization, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio stated "we have every reason to believe this was an act of terror."
Edward Ahmed Mitchell the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, wants to condemn the actions early on.
"We as Muslims, like all other Americans, we condemn this homicidal lunacy,” Mitchell told 11Alive. “It's sad that it happens so often, with mass shootings at schools, whether it's hate crimes, or terrorism."
He said there's never a reason to commit such attacks and said “killing innocent people to achieve a political or religious goal is wrong."
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But as people wait for more information, Anna Bowles said she just wants to know why someone would want to do such terrible attacks.
“It doesn't matter what the nationality or faith he is, it's the person themselves," Bowles said. “For the ones that did it, they need counseling. Counseling to figure out what is going on, on the inside. What was in your mind?"
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