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Monday, 17 September, 2001, 12:06 GMT 13:06 UK
Indian Muslim leader warns of protests
The chief cleric of India's largest mosque has warned the United States not to attack Muslims in Afghanistan without proof of their role in last Tuesday's events in Washington and New York.

The cleric - Syed Ahmed Bukhari, of the Jama Masjid in Delhi - warned that ordinary Afghans would suffer the most if an American attack took place.

If it did, said Mr Bukhari, he would call for peaceful protests across India against the action.

Indian officials say security forces are already on the alert in case of communal clashes in the wake of any American military retaliation in the region.

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