Local Muslims hold prayer service for NYC truck attack victims

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PERRYSBURG, Ohio (WTVG) - The suspect in the Manhattan bike path killing claims to be Muslim and has Isis ties according to New York authorities.

New York officials said Sayfullo Saipov killed eight people and injured 12 when he mowed through a bike path on Halloween.

On Friday, Muslims in the Lucas County community held a prayer service for the victims.

"He claimed to be a practicing Muslim, a faithful, and do such a thing it's horrible," said Imam Talal Eid.

Imam is the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo. Imam is always outspoken when crimes happen.

"Muslims, we don' have interest in violence," added Imam.

The suspect's background didn't stop Muslims from speaking out about their faith.

"That's not what we believe in," said Mohammad Hamdalh. "That's not what Islam stands for."

Imam calls this an international murder against humanity. He believes this horrific crime will hurt his people searching for freedom.

"Imagine now how many people will be prevented coming to America now," said Imam.

Saipov was charged with terrorism and other crimes. New York authorities said he was "following Isis instructions."

"You're not supposed to harm nobody," said Hamdalh.

Hamdalh said you're supposed to love others the way you love yourself.