The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe, FIOE, has condemned in the strongest terms "the barbaric attack perpetrated" at the offices of the French satiric magazine "Charlie Hebdo" in Paris on Wednesday.
"This appalling bloody attack on the offices of the newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, is a vile terrorist act, which may not be justified under any circumstances, or attributed to any particular religion, culture, or constituent of society," said FIOE in a statement.
The Brussels-based Federation extended its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, and wished speedy recovery of those injured, expressing its solidarity with the French people, and the press community at this painful calamity.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) also condemned the shooting at the offices of "Charlie Hebdo", in which at least five journalists were killed.
"We are profoundly saddened by this unprecedented attack on media which has sent shock waves across the global community of journalists," said IFJ President Jim Boumelha.
"We first wish to present our sincere condolences to these colleagues' families and friends. After the initial shock at this massive loss, the IFJ will work to muster all its resources, working with our affiliates in Europe and beyond, to ensure that this crime does not go unpunished and justice is done for the victims," he said in a statement.