Peoria area Muslims speak out about violence overseas

By WEEK Producer

September 14, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:04 AM CDT

CAIRO, Egypt -- Demonstrations continue to rage across the middle east after an anti-Islamic video was released on YouTube insulting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

On Friday, violent protests and rallies continued near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. At least six people have been reported killed and over 200 injured during demonstrations throughout the Middle East and Africa.

Senator Dick Durbin says terrorist threats are still an issue and America's armed forces are working to prevent any breaks in security.

"9/11 may be years away but it is still very real in terms of our security," said Senator Durbin. "We have a great operation in terms of our law enforcement and our military, and intelligence that is on guard at all times but it's clear to me that this threat will continue and we have to take it seriously."

Meanwhile, Muslims at the Islamic Center of Peoria are shocked with the violence happening overseas. The Center's Communications Officer Syed Ahmad says the video is not that big of a deal to them and these acts of violence are from criminal extremists.

"We don't think the video is that big of a deal as far as we are concerned. We don't care for it. We don't care to listen to people that have nothing but hatred on their minds. And really we are not gonna let it provoke us into doing anything stupid," said Ahmad. "We're here to build bridges. We're not just Muslims, we're Americans and we have a loyalties to this country."

Authorities have reported that they had made four arrests in the investigation into the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

President Obama has ordered security beefed up at U.S. diplomatic missions worldwide. The White House has insisted there was no intelligence that could have prevented the U.S. deaths in Libya.

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