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‘I’m safe’ messages reassure families Keith Platt firstname.lastname@example.org THE Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, which has a mosque in Langwarrin, has condemned the “barbaric” terrorist attacks in Paris responsible for the deaths of 129 people. The death toll is expected to rise with 100 of 350 people wounded in the attacks classed as critical. The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the six coordinated attacks which led to France closing its borders and the declaration of three days of mourning. “We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the innocent victims of the Paris attacks,” the national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia, Imam Inam-ul-Haq Kausar said. “Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia categorically rejects extremism and terrorism in any form and anywhere in the world.” Imam Kausar said Islam taught “the sacredness and dignity of human life” and “requires us being loyal and law abiding citizen of the country of residence”. A “Conference of world religions” will be held at the Ahmadiyya association’s Baitul Salam Mosque, Leisure-
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Paris calling: Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, above, prepares to broadcast live from Paris. Lauren De Rycke, right, was safely in a hotel room when the terrorists attacked.
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land Drive, Langwarrin on Sunday 29 November with representatives of major religions speaking on the “Role of my religion in promoting peace”. Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner Human Tim Wilson (who grew up in Mt Martha and has a holiday home on the peninsula) was caught up in the mayhem the terrorists brought to Paris. He was staying in the city for a twoday break between speaking engagements, but the break “turned into a sleepless and manic two days in a city that had shut down”. Mr Wilson was in a restaurant when texts started tumbling into his phone asking if he was all right. That was the start of a “very unnerving” time as he rushed back to his hotel which was quickly placed in lock down, with closed doors and lights out. Mr Wilson appeared live on ABC TV news. Broadcasting from a darkened room he gave viewers an on-the-spot assessment of what was going on outside his hotel and how he had received information while at the restaurant. The following morning he was again featured live from Paris, this time standing near street barriers as numbed passers-by mingled silently with heavily armed security forces. In Mt Eliza, Mr Wilson’s mother, Linda Morris (wife of Mornington MP
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