Sri Lankan authorities mistakenly include Muslim US college student’s face among bombing suspects

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Sri Lankan authorities reportedly mistakenly included a U.S. college student who was a Muslim activist on her campus among the list of suspects from the series of bombings on Easter.

The Boston Globe reports Amara Majeed found her face next to an alert put out by Sri Lankan authorities for bombing suspect Fathima Qadiya.

Police reportedly put out a statement acknowledging and correcting the error, with authorities later saying the mistake was caused due to investigators finding Majeed’s photo through facial recognition software.

{mosads}“I received so many death threats because of this horrible mistake,” she said last week during a news conference held by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “So many people just calling for me to be hanged.”

Majeed is the daughter of immigrants from Sri Lanka and started The Hijab Project while in high school, an organization that promotes understanding and awareness of Muslim culture among women by encouraging them to try out the traditional head scarf worn by some Muslim women.

“There are no words to describe the pain of being associated with such heinous attacks on my own native homeland and people,” Majeed said. “The pictures and posts falsely implicating me have compromised my family’s peace of mind and endangered our extended family’s lives.”

Majeed, currently a student at Brown University, said the series of coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka that killed nearly 300 people was a “horrible, horrible experience” for her relatives still living in the country.

Brown University put out a statement in response to the error.

“The Sri Lanka Police have now corrected a misidentification of a Brown University student as being connected to the attacks in Sri Lanka. Our focus is on supporting our student,” the statement read, according to the news outlet.

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