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April 20th, 2013
07:39 PM ET

Muslim leaders condemn bombing suspects

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Editor
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Washington (CNN) - Muslim leaders in Boston and elsewhere have distanced themselves from the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, condemning the deadly terror attack and saying they feared reprisals against their communities.

"I don't care who or what these criminals claim to be, but I can never recognize these criminals as part of my city or my faith community," said Yusufi Vali, executive director for the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, the largest mosque in the Boston area.

"All of us Bostonians want these criminals to be brought to justice immediately. I am infuriated at the criminals of these bombings for trying to rip our city apart. We will remain united and not let them change who we are as Bostonians."

Vali said Friday that none of his staff were familiar with the suspects, identified by the FBI as brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19. The elder brother died at a Boston hospital early Friday after a gunbattle with police. Authorities captured the younger man Friday night.

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On Saturday the Islamic Society of Boston Cambridge Masjid, a small mosque in Cambridge, Massachusetts, issued a statement saying both men occasionally attended prayer services there.

"In their visits, they never exhibited any violent sentiments or behavior. Otherwise they would have been immediately reported to the FBI," according to the statement, which was read aloud by a congregant outside the mosque.

"After we learned of their identities, we encouraged anyone who knew them in our congregation to immediate report to law enforcement, which has taken place."

The congregant didn't take questions from reporters. The mosque is not related to the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center.

Beyond their occasional attendance at services, few other details are known about the brothers' religious practices, apart from remarks by relatives and comments attributed to the elder brother by a photographer, none of which portrayed the brothers as particularly devout.

Messages on a Twitter account attributed to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and posted in the days after the bombings, were broadly secular. Various interviews with high school and college classmates of Dzhokar Tsarnaev offered no hints of a particular interest in religion. Leaders of Boston's Muslim community contacted on Friday said they didn't know the brothers.

However, other parts of the older brother's online and social media presence indicate that he was deeply religious, especially in recent years. His aunt said within the past two years he had begun to pray five times a day. Some of the links on his YouTube channels are to lectures by radical preachers, but the content of those lectures is more to do with religious practice than jihad or Islamist militancy.

Muslim leaders are worried because of past reprisals against their community after terror attacks attributed to members of their faith.

On Friday, the suspects' mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, told Russian Television that her oldest son "got involved in religion five years ago."

"My youngest was raised from 8 years in America, my oldest he was really properly raised in our house," Tsarnaeva said.

"Nobody talked about terrorism. Tamerlan got involved in religion five years ago. Started following his own religion, never told me he could be on side of jihad. He was followed by FBI for three years, knew what he was doing, where on Internet he was going. How could this happen, they were controlling every step of him, now they are saying this is a terrorist act.

"It's impossible for them to do such things. I am really telling you that this is a setup. My son would never keep it in secret. My son, you tell me, my son wouldn't keep it secret. Who would be knowing? If there is anyone who would know it would be me. He wouldn't hide it. But there was never a word."

The suspects' uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, described his nephews as "losers" who happened to be Muslims.

Tsarni told reporters outside his home in Montgomery Village, Maryland, that his nephews' religion played no role in the attacks.

"Anything else to do with religion, with Islam, it's a fraud, it's a fake," said Tsarni, who described the family as peace-loving, ethnic Chechens.

"Somebody radicalized them, but it's not my brother, who just moved back to Russia, who spent his life bringing bread to their table, fixing cars," he said. "My family had nothing to do with that family. Of course, we're ashamed, yes, we're ashamed they're children of my brother."

Asked what might have motivated his nephews to carry out such an attack, he said: "Being losers; hatred to those who were able to settle themselves. These are the only reasons I can imagine."

Tsarni said his brother's family arrived in the United States in 2003 and was granted asylum. He said he had not seen them since December 2005 and last spoke with them in 2009.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev talked briefly about his faith - and his aspiration to become a U.S. citizen and box for the U.S. Olympic team - with a photographer while training at a Boston gym to compete in a Golden Gloves competition.

Photographer Johannes Hirn posted an online photo essay of Tamerlan Tsarnaev titled "Will Box for Passport."

One of the captions for the photos reads "Tsarnaev, a Muslim, doesn't drink or smoke. 'God said no alcohol,' he says."

By Friday afternoon, a a link to the photos said the gallery was "private and cannot be viewed."

In Washington, Muslim leaders again condemned the attacks, sent condolences to the victims and said they were concerned with reprisal attacks against Muslims in the United States.

"Those responsible for the terrorist attacks in Boston must face justice," Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, referred to as CAIR, told reporters at a hastily called news conference.

"The question will always come up if they are associated with our community," Awad said.

"Our community and our faith detest and deplore these actions and these individuals. We do not know the motives of these individuals but our position has been consistent. Any act of violence against innocent people is deplorable and is condemned in our faith.

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"As God tells us in the Quran, if you murder one person it is as if you murdered all humanity. And if you saved one person, one innocent life, it is like you saved all of humanity," Awad said.

Imam Magid of the Islamic Society of North America said his group has set up a fund to help the bombing victims.

"These are acts of crime, not acts of religion," Benjamin Abdul-Haqq, an imam at Masjid Muhammad mosque in Washington, told the news conference.

Corey Saylor, legislative director for CAIR, said the group feared reprisals.

"We're very concerned, because in past instances some individuals have decided to go out and target further innocent people because they look different or belong to a faith that is a minority," Saylor said.

One reporter asked the leaders gathered at the news conference how they could combat radical videos that pop up on social media.

Saylor said community leaders have forcefully pushed back against what they consider radical elements of the faith.

"Unfortunately every faith has within in it heretical elements, and unfortunately young people in general will listen to those elements."

Saylor said he and other leaders would continue to push back against the heretical element "loudly and clearly."

"We will stand up, we will push back against extremists, and I'm very comfortable we'll win against them eventually."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Islam • Massachusetts • Muslim • Quran • Terrorism • Violence

soundoff (742 Responses)
  1. Al

    I don't recall, did Christian leaders distance themselves from Timothy McVeigh after he blew up the OKC federal building?

    April 19, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
    • Lawrence

      McVeigh had left Christianity long before his bombing.
      Nothing in the New Testament remotely justified his evil dead.
      By contrast, the Koran strongly supports any act of violence to destroy unrepentent infidels.
      "Slay the unbeliever whereever Ye find them" is Islamic ideology, not Judeo Christian.
      I'm tired of you low information liberals trotting out the tired, false canard of Mcveigh's purported Christian ties.
      It's simply false.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Got any evidence that McVeigh was no longer a Christian, or do you just get to decide who is or isn't Christian at any given time in their lives?

      April 19, 2013 at 10:12 pm |
    • Fact bringer

      McVeigh actually identified as an atheist...look it up

      April 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • The One True Steve

      @FactBringer....
      i did look it up ... he was raised a catholic ... June 2001, a day before the execution, McVeigh wrote a letter to the Buffalo News identifying as agnostic. Before his execution, McVeigh took the Catholic sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick....So what facts are you bringing ... oh ... made up facts ...

      April 27, 2013 at 2:30 am |
    • lol??

      What does belonging or not belonging to the original gubmint church have to do with ANYTHING?

      April 27, 2013 at 3:09 am |
    • the colosseum is full

      Where in the hell did Judeo come with Christianity? lawrerence ???? That's a new word ....Where did you pick it up from???

      It speaks volumes about you... Why don't you take yourself a big FaT break and read Jeremiah 31:31-34 A FEW TIMES AND STOP venting about liberals... Did you know that the bible says, the liberal soul shall be made fat????
      Drop the Judeo from Christianity...son you sound like a clone.. learn about Jesus for yourself... ok? 🙂

      May 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
  2. Islam4fools

    If Muslim leaders and parents were to explain to their children that killings of Muslims is just as wrong as 60 year old prophet Mohammed marrying 9 year old Aisha, may be their children wouldn't commit such atrocities.

    April 19, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
    • Islam4fools

      killings of Muslims and non-Muslims I meant

      April 19, 2013 at 8:10 pm |
    • theWorldisBigMess

      How about priests and their abuse of little boys?

      April 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm |
    • The One True Steve

      @theWorld is a BigMess... God does not exist ... all religion is the repeating of old myths ...

      April 27, 2013 at 2:36 am |
  3. TR in ATL

    Are you kidding me? Where are the condemnations from the Muslim community when the killers are crying "Allah akbar"????? But because these killers are not Muslim terrorists, the Muslim leaders feel they can 'distance' themselves from them. How convenient.

    April 19, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Keep on spewing your hinduism absurdities, where are the condemnations, when hindu secular s, filthy self centered are committing hinduism terrorism, justified by their hindu atheism, filthy self center ism.

      April 19, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      where are the condemnations, when hindu secular s, filthy self centered are committing hinduism terrorism, justified by their hindu atheism, filthy self center ism.

      April 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
    • The One True Steve

      @islam ... did you read what you posted??? Hate monger ... you just proved Islam is the religion of Hate...

      April 27, 2013 at 2:51 am |
  4. Apple Bush

    it is an abortion
    it brought evil from the rain forest to the streets of Boston
    it is an underdeveloped sobbing heap
    it is religion

    April 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      Shut up! Go back to your trailer, you boring little twerp.

      April 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
  5. Oh my

    If these two had murdered those 3 people with drones, would it be any less abhorrent?

    April 19, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • Ved

      No, but neither would it justify their actions.

      April 19, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
  6. eds

    How is it that this action has become a sounding board for atheists? What does religion have to do with this? Do you have some inside information? Where did you get it?

    April 19, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      So ... in your eyes, atheists don't have a right to an opinion?

      April 19, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
    • Ved

      To be honest, a lot of evil is done in the name of religion, from the killing of the indigenous peoples of the Americas in the name of Christianity to the killing of innocent people during 9/11 in the name of Islam and the eternal glory it's supposed to bring to these people according to their belief; it all begs us to "imagine there's no Heaven..." and whether that would result in more peace from people living for today.

      April 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      They don't need an excuse, friend, they're just a bunch on no account bigots who don't know that more people have been tortured, persecuted and murdered by Atheists in the last 100 years than ALL the religions in history.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Heroes

      Yes we hear that rhetoric a lot. What no one addresses is how anyone would kill someone "in the name of the non-belief in a god". There is no direct line between the two.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm |
  7. Ted

    Never trust what the Muslim leaders say. Muslim are the masters of deception.

    April 19, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      Yea Muslims,not white male Americans. There not masters of deception at all.

      April 19, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
    • Frank

      When will this nation have a serious discussion about the future of ISLAM in America? If your murdering people in the name of the religion your hiding behind IT IS NOT PROTECTED UNDER THE 1ST AMENDMENT!

      April 19, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
    • Evangelos

      I never trust what ANY leader of an ancient, patriarchal mythology system says.

      And that has served me well.

      April 19, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      Christians killed millions of native Americans. Yall are still around.

      April 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
    • stevehc1

      – You confuse legitimate and peaceful mainstream American Islam with foreign-bred militant Islam that espouses terrorism and world domination.

      April 20, 2013 at 12:40 am |
  8. Mary S.

    Five years ago, he was 14, a very impressionable age. Somebody took advantage of his vulnerability at that age. I hope he comes out of the standoff alive and cooperates. Perhaps these leaders could talk with him and get him to surrender.

    April 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
    • Frank

      ISLAM takes advantage of all MUSLIMS from BIRTH. Turns them into freedom hating mass murderers with a hatred for infidels no non Muslim could ever fathom. They laid these bombs down next to women and children like they were rocks. No regard for human life what so ever. They murder for ALLAH because in the Koran Allah promises to reward them in paradise FOR MASS MURDERING WOMEN AND CHILDREN! Nice religion huh? And we are going to continue to PROTECT this mass murdering cult under the guise of a RELIGION!? You have to be kidding me!

      We need to ban ISLAM in the west or buy body more body bags. TAKE YOUR PICK, You cant have it both ways.

      April 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
    • Shakira

      Get over yourself Frank, why are so many people converting to Islam? I converted myself and yet have had no desire to kill anyone. In fact its people like you who are just as bad and ignorant.

      April 19, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
  9. bdby

    If it is a terrorist state supporting these thugs justice will reign from the air. I can hear the B52's being started now.

    April 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
    • antique-republican

      typical despised around the world us right wing nut job response. make war

      April 19, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
  10. Ann Wilson

    WHY WAS THE FBI WATCHING THESE GUYS FOR THREE YEARS???

    April 19, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • craig

      That is a statement made by the boy's mother. I don't think she had any foundation for the remark, and seems to be grasping at straws, simply saying 'I can't believe they did this so somebody else must be framing them." I would take the remarks about the FBI in that vein, and I'm betting these guys weren't on anybody's radar. I could be wrong, but that's the way I read it. I'm sure if they had connections in the terrorist world we'll hear about that soon enough. Remember, it's less than 24 hours since the police first encountered them and that digging will take a little time.

      April 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
  11. Religious Fruitcake

    The child is in heaven now. Bless the Lord and His salvation.

    April 19, 2013 at 7:27 pm |
    • dead children

      red rain, coming down.

      April 19, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
  12. dead children

    Bow your head and let your eyelids close on down
    Where we're going you won't need to bring your frown
    You will find that all the things that I have said
    Will come true when you are lying in your bed

    April 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
  13. dead children

    I am waiting for you.

    Pizza for dinner kiddo.

    Where are you? What has happened?

    There are rainbows waiting for you.

    April 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
  14. Roth

    It's a little late to condemn the bombings.

    Maybe they should believe the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who sent Jesus to die for the sins of others, and then they could have real peace, spiritual and physical.

    April 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
    • Bob

      Roth, your whole Jesus story and claims are nonsense. How is it again that your omnipotent being couldn't do his saving bit without the whole silly Jesus hoopla? And how was Jesus' death a "sacrifice", when an omnipotent being could just pop up a replacement son any time with less than a snap of his fingers?

      Pretty pathetic "god" that you've made for yourself there.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
      Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      April 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
    • Michael Davis

      Umm, they *do* believe in the god of Abraham, Isaac, etc, etc. But you wouldn't know that, would you? Of course they're as deluded as you are for believing in that myth.

      April 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
    • Common Sense

      Maybe you should stop trying to force your beliefs off on others. Christians don't exactly have a clean track record when it comes to use of violence in the name of their faith.

      April 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
  15. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    Somewhere a Chechyan 'freedom fighter' is beginning to write martyrdom myths for these two.

    Let's not forget ...

    From: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2013/0419/Chechnya-How-a-remote-Russian-republic-became-linked-with-terrorism

    Chechen-led terrorists have struck repeatedly in the Russian heartland,

    notably a mass hostage-taking at a downtown Moscow theater in 2002 that killed 130 people and

    a horrific school siege in Beslan, North Ossetia, that killed 330 people, half of them children.

    A double suicide bombing by "black widow" terrorists – wives of rebels killed by Russian security forces – left 40 people dead in a 2010 Moscow metro attack and

    another suicide bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport the next year left 35 people dead.

    April 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • ..

      Yeah, but they usually target Russia...not the United States.

      April 19, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Welcome to globalization?

      April 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
  16. HotAirAce

    Religion is very attractive to the mentally ill and does nothing to restrain the very sick. And unfortunately, there will be some jihadists who while not directly involved in this tragic event, will take delight in it.

    April 19, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
  17. Ohwhatever

    They say he "got involved in religion". That's all it took. Religion. Crazy fundamentalist expressions like bombing innocent people are what Islam is known for. Violence is what Islam is known for. Violence is the "sword of allah" and rational thoughts or even compassion for other people are easily drowned out by the religious indoctrination.
    People get blinded by emotion and religion. You don't hear of ANYONE being "blinded" by rational thought. Nope.

    April 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
    • STFU

      are you justifying pressure cooker bombs Mohammad? If not, when are we going to hear condemnation of the attack from you?

      April 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
  18. lionlylamb

    It matters not that cultural identi ty dares to ooze thru societal cracks giving rise to pockets of hellions from Jihad revelers?

    April 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
  19. Reality

    What said "leaders" need to do is to condemn their "holy book":

    To wit:

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers, Flight 93 and the Pentagon?

    And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?

    The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means.

    Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

    Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

    Until then, no Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    April 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
    • Segoy

      "Until then, no Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere"

      Hey Chicken Little...when did you join the Tea Party?

      April 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Christianity, Christians, and the Christian bible aren't exactly squeaky clean when it comes to violence and evangelism.
      The reason given for Al Queda's 9/11 attack was the US bases in Saudi Arabia, not because of religion (although I'm sure there's an element of that). Do we know if religion was a factor in this bombing?

      April 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
    • Ohwhatever

      Reality is right. You can't trust anyone blinded by their religion. It is a madness in their brains as they struggle to reconcile the real world and their fantasy world of make-believe psychobabble. No religious person can be trusted to act or think rationally about anything. Their religion will distort anything and everything, how they perceive and how they process that data.
      I don't trust religious people to think rationally because it is clearly beyond their capabilities simply because they are already schizophrenic from the religious delusions that scramble their brains. Christians have suicide bombers too. And Jews too.
      Buddhists will kill and so will most religion-indoctrinated people. If it is rational to kill, like in self-defense, then rational people can kill, too, but at least their reasons can be relied upon to make SENSE. Religion is schizophrenia and always will be.

      April 19, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
    • Segoy

      "No religious person can be trusted to act or think rationally about anything."

      Wow..the sky is falling all around the Chicken Littles tonight.

      April 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Ohwhatever,

      I'll double your 'Ohwhatever' and raise you a who cares! 🙂 🙂 🙁

      April 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • STFU

      There is nothing to be cleaned up in "Mohammed's book of death"; you can't clean up landfill

      April 19, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
    • Ohwhatever

      liononlylamb, I care. But it is rare that I bother to point out anything to crazy people. Now that is a waste of time.
      Hey, it's friday and another religous-motivated bombing and terrorism event has occured. I came to kick someone in the $$.
      Are you bored? Have you tried asking your non-existent god what to do? Maybe he'll tell you to kill someone. Yeah.

      April 19, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Ohwhatever,

      Your name seems to be awash with carelessness,,,,, Yah think?

      April 19, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
    • .

      LL is our belief blog pseudo intellect everyone, just laugh and their postings and move on.

      April 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      SPLAT! SWIPE,,,,,,,,,,Dawg gawn it! No matter how hard one swipes away you always seem to leave aspeck on the screen.

      April 19, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Wow, Reality and LL. Two morons that can't even manage to form a single thought.

      April 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
    • antique-republican

      pass around some of your weed brother. you seeing things no one else sees?

      April 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
    • Reality

      Our War on Terror and Aggression:

      An update (or how we are spending or how we have spent the USA taxpayers’ money to eliminate global terror and aggression)

      The terror and aggression via a Partial and Recent and Not So Recent Body Count

      As the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

      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, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, 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 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. 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.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

      o 24) Mon Jun 4, 2012 10:18am EDT
      o
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed car outside a Shi'ite Muslim office in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 190 in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Iraq's al Qaeda affiliate.
      The bombing on a Shi'ite religious office comes at a sensitive time, with the country's fractious Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs locked in a crisis that threatens to unravel their power-sharing deal and spill into sectarian tensions."

      25) BURGAS, Bulgaria | Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:27am EDT

      (Reuters) – A suicide bomber carried out an attack that killed seven people in a bus transporting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, the interior minister said on Thursday, and Israel said Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants were to blame.

      26 ) September 12, 2012
      U.S. AMBASSADOR KILLED
      Envoy to Libya dies in rocket blast

      27) Boston Marathon bombing- three dead, hundreds injured and maimed.

      Continued below:

      April 19, 2013 at 11:38 pm |
    • Reality

      Other elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles as of 09/15/2011/, 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed mostly due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row" with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      The capture of Ratko Mladić: (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtkɔ mlǎːditɕ], born 12 March 1943[1][2]) is an accused war criminal and a former Bosnian Serb military leader. On May 31, 2011, Mladić was extradited to The Hague, where he was processed at the detention center that holds suspects for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).[3] His trial began on 3 June 2011.

      – the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      – Bin Laden was executed for crimes against humanity on May 1, 2011

      – Ditto for Anwar al-Awlaki on September 30, 2011

      – Ditto for Abu Yahya al-Libi on June 5, 2012

      April 19, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
  20. Segoy

    Nice to condemn them even though we aren't sure yet if religion had anything to do with it.

    April 19, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
    • Akira

      The Muslim leaders should absolutely condemn them. Just as Christian leaders would condemn any act of terrorism.
      However, you're right. At this point, until more is known, leaping to a conclusion that it was religiously based is erroneous.

      April 19, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Much more disturbing than learning they are Muslim is learning that they are Chechynan and that the FBI was watching this guy for three years.

      Who took their eyes off the ball here?

      April 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
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