The president of Masjid At-Tawheed, a York City mosque, issued the following statement Friday in response to reports that the suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon bombings are Muslim:

"The Muslim community of York emphatically condemns in the strongest possible terms Monday's cowardly bomb attack on participants and spectators of the Boston Marathon, and the violence that ensued as law enforcement attempted to apprehend those who were apparently responsible for the attack," wrote Rick Ramos.

"The Muslim community of York urges all residence of York County, regardless of their faith, to join the entire country in prayer for the victims of this hideous violence as well as their families," he wrote. "The Muslim community of York is a diverse group of Muslims who promote peaceful coexistence with all Americans."

Ramos wrote that the doors of the mosque, at 9 S. Belvidere Ave., are open and visitors are always welcome.

He referred to the group's website at, and said the group's Imam would be addressing the Islamic position on murder in his sermon Friday.

Several Muslim groups nationwide spoke out Friday to condemn terrorism.