US Rep. Clay Higgins under fire for call to 'hunt and kill' suspected radicalized Muslims

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) has come under fire after he suggested that people should hunt and kill all those who are suspected of being Islamic radicals in the wake of the deadly attacks in London.

(REUTERS / Toby Melville)Paramedics treat an inured person after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, March 22, 2017.

On June 4, Rep. Higgins posted a statement on Facebook that called on people to hunt and kill Muslims suspected to have been radicalized. His suggestion drew condemnation from Christian leaders and social justice advocates, who noted that Jesus taught His followers to love and not hate their enemies, The Huffington Post detailed.

"Hunt them, identity [sic] them, and kill them. Kill them all," said Higgins on Facebook. "For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all."

Higgins also claimed that the "free world ... all of Christendom .... Is at war with Islamic horror."

Reacting to Higgins' suggestions, Jesuit priest James Martin told Huffpost that Jesus even instructed His followers to pray for their persecutors. He added that Christ demonstrated mercy and forgave the people who were directly responsible for His crucifixion.

The head of the Intelligence Project at Southern Poverty Law Center, Heidi Beirich said Higgins' statement was irresponsible because it generalized all Muslims as terrorists. She added that this kind of conversation could stoke hate crimes.

Meanwhile, one of the London Bridge attackers made his way into the United Kingdom even though he was placed on an EU watch list. Yousseff Zaghba, 22, was stopped by authorities at an Italian airport while he was going to Syria but was not prosecuted, the BBC reports.

When Zaghba was stopped at the Bologna airport in March 2016, authorities found ISIS-related content on his mobile phone and he was not allowed to enter Istanbul. However, the BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw notes that passport control should have been notified that he had made his way into Britain, but he still was able to enter.