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March 18th, 2011
03:05 PM ET

Pakistan kidnappings highlight dangers for religious minorities

By Nick Paton Walsh, for CNN

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - He was abducted on the outskirts of the city, snatched as he drove alone, and vanished without trace.

She was grabbed nearly a decade later, also from her car, on the way to work at the distillery they owned together.

Her kidnappers, in testament to the anarchy gripping the south-western Pakistani city of Quetta, didn't even bother to hide their faces when they pounced, and let her driver go.

The kidnappings of husband and wife Faridon and Nilofar Abadan - both abducted from the streets of Quetta about nine years apart - highlight to many the collapse of law and order in the restless Pakistani province of Balochistan.

But because the couple are from the minority Parsi community - part of the Zoroastrian religion, a minority faith founded in ancient Persia - their fate highlights, some say, how prejudice against outsiders in Balochistan makes them easy targets for increasingly powerful criminal gangs.

Observers say it provides further evidence of how difficult life is for minorities, as Pakistan grows increasingly fundamentalist and lawless.

Christians often complain of persecution in this Islamic country, and two high profile politicians have been assassinated this year for suggesting that a radical and controversial anti-blasphemy law - which can result in someone sentenced to death if they are accused of insulting the Muslim prophet Mohammed - be softened.

Police say there are 78 different criminal groups operating kidnap rings in Balochistan today, who are growing in their power since the first kidnap blighted the Abadan family in 2002. The gangs prefer not to target the main ethnic groups of Baloch and Pashtun in the province, because they would risk reprisals from their victims' tribal networks.

"It's easy for kidnappers to abduct a minority member compared to local people," Sayeed Ahmed Khan, the director of the Ministry of Human Rights in Balochistan, told CNN. "Minorities don't have tribal support, and don't have the security guards and weapons that locals do."

He added that in the past the tribal system would have protected minorities, but that was not now the case.

It was this, coupled with the vast wealth the Abadan family had from the local distillery they owned, that made Nilofar attractive to the kidnappers.

"She was on her way to the distillery when she was picked up by kidnappers on March 8th in the morning," said Abdullah Afridi, superintendent of police for Quetta.

Five days later the kidnappers telephoned her home in the afternoon, telling her domestic help the ransom would be about $2.3 million in rupees.

Clearly impatient for a payment, they rang back five days later, March 17, to halve the ransom payment. Yet the family is still struggling with both the payment and the shock.

"She was like my sister, we were together all the time," her relative, Roshan Khursheed Barucha, told CNN in her first comments on the abduction. "She had no enmity with anyone, no property disputes," she added, referring to a common cause of kidnappings.

"Nilofar never thought this might happen," she said. The Parsi community in Quetta - once up to 600 strong - has dwindled in recent years to about five or six families, Barucha said, many choosing to leave as the region becomes more dangerous.

Local officials have condemned the abduction. "Kidnapping of minority woman is against Baloch traditions and it is an inhuman practice," Chief Minister of Balochistan Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani said.

A police spokesman told CNN: "A high-level team headed by the Deputy Inspector General has been formed to ensure her recovery. The kidnappers released her driver but there is still no clue as to her whereabouts."

A source close to the investigation said the kidnappers spoke on the telephone with thick Brahvi accents, common to the local Baloch ethnicity. Separately, they said that nothing has been heard of Faridon Abadan since his abduction on February 17, 2002.

Zahoor Shahwani, a local human rights activist, said that Mrs. Abadan - as a wealthy woman from a minority - was considered vulnerable and "a soft target." He added the state government in the province was so weak "there seems to be no government and kidnappers are freely operating."

He stressed that the kidnapping was more likely fuelled by her perceived wealth than by her religion.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Asia • Belief • Pakistan

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  1. Pakistan Blog

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    October 18, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Lucas

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      April 1, 2012 at 4:16 am |
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    September 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  3. JesusJam

    Muslims and christians murdering each other, what's new (unfortunately)?

    March 21, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  4. Christian Soldier

    Jesus wants us to kill them all

    March 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Frederica

      Not true. Jesus wants us to forgive them and tell them God loves them and they must believe in Jesus for salvation. But criminals must face judicial justice according to the fairest law of the land regardless of feelings of victims and their families.

      March 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • coper

      They might actually like it. There are some real efraks underneath those headscarves. You know that is what you call a lady in the streets and a freak in the bedroom.

      April 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  5. Frederica

    The Word of God orders all kidnappers death, whether the victims are with them or not; no exception. That means all kidnappers go to hell.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:17 am |
    • simeon

      The so called word of god also says if you beat your slave to death, you will be punished but if they get up after 2 or 3 days, it's o.k. Also remember to not let slaves work on the Sabbath.

      March 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • T-party

      I agree

      March 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • Frederica

      Simeon, the Bible tells us to distinguish a planned crime and an accident by fits of rage. Today's civilized court does that, too. In any case, the owner must make a fair compensasion in each and every case of slave abuse. The Bible also establishes rest for even cattle, not just humans, once a week which is utmost humane and reasonable.

      March 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Simeon
      You've got your Exodus a bit mixed up, sir.
      The Bible actually says that you can beat your slave to death so long as it takes them 2-3 days to die.
      Exodus 21:20-21 "And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished. Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money [property]."

      March 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  6. jedi

    @ al

    I'm sure you never heard of these Islamist group call Hizb ut Tahrir who seek to Islamize world and set up an Islamic Caliphate. Yeah we need find common ground mutuality with these people. Great. Everyone can live happily ever after when Islam is the state religion and we non-muslim live under their thumb

    March 19, 2011 at 2:05 am |
  7. jedi

    @ Al

    "A better strategic approach is to focus tightly on actual militants and their support apparatuses, then give the general populations in the Middle East no reasons to care about us. The dumbest thing we did was to put large forces of Americans in the Middle East. It just angered them and did not enhance our security at all. Getting entangled in that region was just stupid, and has done absolutely nothing for us"

    I agree with the fact that US shouldn't be in Iraq and policing the war between shia and sunni nor should be involve with their politics. Nonetheless the war in Afghanistan is a necessity root out Al-qaeda and its allies but the problem is Pakistanian government who's not fully committed to root out Al qaeda in their tribal territory and NATO is making an effort to pressure the Pakistanian government root out Alqaeda in north west tribal territories but to no avail since Tribal territories continue to be safe haven for al-qaeda and its taliban allies which also lead to the stealthmate unless Pakistan is fully committed in their fight against these Islamic Fascist

    March 19, 2011 at 2:02 am |
  8. jedi

    @ al

    So now you're generalizing me as right-wing fear mongering american while you don't know who I am where I stand on Domestic politic. And you're trying downplay the term Islamofascism base on your own interpretation. Malise Ruthven the Scottish author who oppose the ideas of resembling Islam and Fascism also find the resemblance of the two ideologies compelling. You never live in Muslim country my dear but I do. I was born and raise in Malaysia and experience living in segregated community where muslim were given special priviledge in economy , education and their rights to proselyte while non-muslim are not allow to proselyte muslim nor take muslim women as their spouse unless the convert while muslim are allow to take non-muslim. Call mainstream muslim moderate if you want but the reality shows otherwise.

    March 19, 2011 at 1:42 am |
  9. jedi

    Dear; Al

    "it might not be such a good idea to make enemies of them all. Much, much better to focus on the few who are a problem and leave the moderates be.'

    Is not all of them Al. Is the majority of Muslim who wants to be governed by Sharia which base on polls and facts

    http://www.gallup.com/press/109693/Islam-Democracy.aspx

    March 19, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      To state the incredibly obvious, the problem for the West in Islamic extremists, not the moderates. How they want to live in their own countries does not concern me in the least (and if you read your own link more carefully, you would find that they are talking about democracy with sharia principals, not some Taliban-esque totalitarian regime). Why would America want to make enemies of 1.5 billion people when only a tiny fraction of them are an actual threat? Any attempts to do so (and we have done it) only makes the problem worse, because we radicalized them.

      A better strategic approach is to focus tightly on actual militants and their support apparatuses, then give the general populations in the Middle East no reasons to care about us. The dumbest thing we did was to put large forces of Americans in the Middle East. It just angered them and did not enhance our security at all. Getting entangled in that region was just stupid, and has done absolutely nothing for us.

      I don't want their religion, and I don't want yours either, but that has no impact on strategy. You cannot eradicate them, so you must create a mutually beneficial situation. This right-wing fear-mongering should be recognized as foolish extremism that will do nothing but kill more Americans, and gain no security. Those were the lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan that we still have not learned.

      March 19, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • Gonzo

      "...only a tiny fraction of them are an actual threat?"

      Tell me, Al. After a long day of twirling the proverbial pizza crust of this logic in the air.. Do you ever spin one so thin that it come down all over your arm with your fist sticking up in the middle? What you perceive as "incredibly obvious" is, to most others, just a really sh!tty excuse.

      March 19, 2011 at 1:30 am |
  10. ISI agent stationed in Afghanistan.

    Here's a propagandavideo from my employer...I'm not sure if this goes against terrorism or encourages it.
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=636z5FfPiJg&w=640&h=360]

    March 19, 2011 at 12:16 am |
    • Gonzo

      Wait a minute. At 7:50 the sergeant says he's going to "lift up the boys' morale," and proceeds to get out of the trench... to take a dump? Then while he's taking care of business a "miscreant" sends an RPG his way.

      Was this supposed to be motivating? I'm so confused.

      March 19, 2011 at 12:43 am |
  11. Reality

    Saving Muslims is quite easy!!!

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.
    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Similar programs for saving the members of other religions are also available and just as fast!!!

    March 18, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  12. Ayub Khan Kanjarzai

    I wish more Pakistani girls can be like her so we can behead infidels.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnUwmK-7oFw&w=640&h=360]

    March 18, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
    • Raoul Duke

      Another epileptic seizure with a soundtrack.

      March 18, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
    • Arvin Huac

      You know, in contrast, the Partridge Family and K.C. and the Sunshine Band don't look so bad after all.

      March 18, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • Gonzo

      First you'd have to submerge her in Nair from the neck down. Leave out the AK. Depilatory's bad for the action.

      March 19, 2011 at 12:05 am |
  13. Frank_Robinson

    In Pakistan word of a Mullah is the law of the land.

    March 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  14. the f0rce

    With the rise Islamo Fascism and Islamism from North Africa to all the Muslim World in asia and the middle east, we're going to deal with these New Fascist like we deal with the Third Reich if they pose threats to US and freeworld. The history have shown many arab muslims along bosnian and other balkan Muslims collaborate with Nazi during the second world war. the Intelligence community and interpols should keep eyes on all Islamist movement especially Al-qaeda and its allies, Muslim Brotherhood and Hizb ut Tahrir

    March 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      "Islamofascism" is historically very inaccurate. Fascism as practiced in Europe bore little resemblance to what is happening in either the fundamentalist extreme or the mainstream of Islamic culture. For example, most extremist Islamic groups are anti-nationalist, but fascism is by definition ultranationalistic.

      The term also makes the problem appear to be all Islam instead of the radical fundamentalists. Considering that there are 1.2 – 1.5 billion muslims, it might not be such a good idea to make enemies of them all. Much, much better to focus on the few who are a problem and leave the moderates be.

      "Islamofascism" an empty propaganda term employed by people hoping to inflame emotions with simple fears rather than deal with the complex reality. It's raw fearmongering with no substance to support it.

      March 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • Gonzo

      F'n Muslim apologist.

      A 1997 Pew poll revealed approximately 30% of all Muslims under the age of 30 were sympathetic to the reasoning behind terror bombings.

      Get bent, Al. Islam is what it is. You can't rationalize it away by blaming mysterious 'inflammatory emotions.' If you're Muslim, then you're holding to the company line. If you're not a Muslim, then you're either an idiot or a subversive. Either way, you're not my friend.

      March 18, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      Thanks for the laugh, Gonzo! Your reading comprehension skills are entertainingly incompetent, and your logic refreshingly free of the rav-ages of logic.

      Your guesses as to what I am are wildly wrong, but wonderfully funny

      I am very glad you are not my friend. I do insist my friends have IQs above Gump levels, so you wouldn't qualify anyway.

      March 18, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
    • Gonzo

      What a well-constructed retort, just teeming with objectivity and logic. The comedy suits you, Al. Just stick with that. Don't let the facts get in the way.

      When the violence starts we'll call on you for the comedy relief. You can make a joke and we'll all laugh. It'll be good for morale.

      March 18, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      Forget Islamo-fascism, the world is more worried about American Fascism. Which just reared its ugly head just last decade in the form of the military-industrial (similar to Nazi Germany) Bush Inc. Why do you think the Europeans gave Obama the Nobel Peace Prize! He had done virtually nothing for peace at that point. It was as a carrot, in the hope that he would scale back American fascism and restore some semblance of peace in the world.

      When the American economy collapses, America will become just like Nazi Germany was when the German economy collapsed after World War One.

      March 18, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      A bit of Hunter Thompson for you, "Gonzo"

      "The Bush family reeks of fraud and bad karma. But even worse than our wretched, gibbling president are the cowardly wh-ores in Hollywood who are currently smearing film stars and music people like Johnny Depp by calling them unpatriotic Americans who righteously question the wisdom of invading a whole nation of Islam – 1.8 billion worshipers – which is a dangerously stupid idea."

      Might want to change your nom de plume, because you are nothing HST would respect.

      March 18, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • Gonzo

      First things first, re. "Islamofascism" From a Hitchens article in Slate:

      http://www.slate.com/id/2176389/

      Re: "Gonzo" There's lots of pre-existing definitions besides the one that HST coined. Personally, I don't give a fat rat's behind about Thompson. He was, for all intents, a self-indulgent, narcissistic and egocentric author who's attempts at "journalism" employed as much fiction as fact. When he wasn't drunk or high, he was feeling sorry for himself.

      Not my role model – sorry. You've made a foolish as-sumption.

      March 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      You are absolutely right. "Gonzo" came from Italian, a noun that means "stupid person, fool, (Slang) noodle, looby, noddy, ninny, dupe, nincompoop

      Perfect name! Fits you perfectly! I am glad you did not chose it for the Hunter Thompson connotations.

      March 18, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • Gonzo

      So, Al. Your last three responses to me focus solely on my name. What's in a funny name. Look at yours. It's meaningless. Your act is getting stale; you need new material.

      Still no response to the original issue, eh? Or did you blow your wad on that "fear-mongering" horseshi1?

      Seems so. So don't waste my time. Go prepare your speech for your next Code Pink meeting at the student union.

      March 19, 2011 at 12:15 am |
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      You had no original issue. You simply abused me for discrediting the term "Islamofascism." As you had no point to rebut beyond your abuse, I can do little else than have a nice laugh on the angry absurdities born of your cowering fears.

      As to your piercing insight about me at my "next Code Pink meeting at the student union," your own words fit you precisely: "You've made a foolish as-sumption." Other foolish as-sumptions you made: "F'n Muslim apologist" – yet there is not one apologetic anywhere in my posts. "If you're Muslim, then you're holding to the company line. If you're not a Muslim, then you're either an idiot or a subversive" – I never said anything in favor of any form of any form of Islam that is threatening the West. As I said, your reading comprehension skills are entertainingly incompetent.

      Perhaps you mught drevisit Hunter Thompson's words, as making enemies of "a whole nation of Islam – 1.8 billion worshipers – is a dangerously stupid idea."

      March 19, 2011 at 12:38 am |
    • Gonzo

      It's fun to watch leftists like yourself put their ignorance on display and then when cornered, try to paint over it.

      My points were there. Repeatedly. You've chosen to ignore them. Conveniently. Islamofascism is a reality. You apparently choose to interpret this reality differently to suit your agenda. And that – Al, consti-tutes propaganda.

      We'll let readers decide for themselves. Besides, the constant thrust and parry of Islamic apologetic propaganda is tiring (and boring.)

      March 19, 2011 at 1:08 am |
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha! Ha ! Ha!

      You are just hilarious! Your misinterpretations of reality are just hilarious!

      Good night, Gonzo. Enjoy your paranoid dreams. Have a nice day with the militia tomorrow.

      March 19, 2011 at 1:20 am |
    • jedi

      @ al

      So now you're generalizing me as right-wing fear mongering american while you don't know who I am where I stand on Domestic politic. And you're trying downplay the term Islamofascism base on your own interpretation. Malise Ruthven the Scottish author who oppose the ideas of resembling Islam and Fascism also find the resemblance of the two ideologies compelling. You never live in Muslim country my dear but I do. I was born and raise in Malaysia and experience living in segregated community where muslim were given special priviledge in economy , education and their rights to proselyte while non-muslim are not allow to proselyte muslim nor take muslim women as their spouse unless the convert while muslim are allow to take non-muslim. Call mainstream muslim moderate if you want but the reality shows otherwise.

      March 19, 2011 at 1:41 am |
  15. Topper Harley

    Someone should send these morons copies of the god delusion in their native language. Only if a few could grow a brain.

    March 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  16. theoldadam

    The "religion of peace" is at it , again.

    March 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  17. Amrullah Yousafzai, Margalla Hills

    Send all Afghan girls to Pakistan and they will end up like her:
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JfggTjKmUk&w=640&h=360]

    March 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      "Send all Afghan girls to Pakistan and they will end up like her"

      Really? Is there something about Pakistan that turns Afghani women into stunningly bad dancers?

      March 18, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • Gonzo

      @ Amrullah Yousafza

      Music, dance and suggestive gyrations. Isn't she violating a bunch of your moronic 'codes' for women? Shouldn't she be stoned? Or at least have a leg cut off? Or have her labia sewn together or whatever else you idiots do for 'punishment' ?

      March 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • Raoul Duke

      Gonzo, you are a gibbering waterhead. Whatever that was, it was not music or dance. An epileptic seizure with a soundtrack maybe, but not music or dance.

      Now get back in the Great Red Shark! We have to get somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert.

      March 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • Gonzo

      No point mentioning those bats!

      March 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  18. Reality

    Add another koranic driven act of terror and horror to this never-ending idiocy called Islam:

    Some examples

    The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

    ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

    and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

    and more recently

    1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

    1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

    2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

    3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,483 and 925 in non combat roles. 99,901 – 109,143 Iraqi civilians killed as of 3/3/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

    4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

    5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

    6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

    7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

    8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

    9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

    10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

    11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

    12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

    13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

    14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

    15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.
    16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

    17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

    18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

    19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

    20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

    21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan

    March 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • Gonzo

      "No point mentioning those bats!"

      March 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  19. Heathen

    Muslims show their peaceful nature once again. Islam is such a pathetic excuse for evil I don't know why they bother.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  20. Dibs

    So the message is to stay out of Pakistan? Okay, I can do that.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      I think the message is that many religionists think it perfectly acceptable to treat heathens as sub-human.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
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