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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. Troy

    Whether they choose to acknowledge it or not, these terrorists, just like the 9/11 terrorists, just like the FIRST world trade center terrorists and a slew of other anti American attacks have mostly been from Islam. All religions sew the seeds of war and misery on humanity.

    April 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Oh, do they sew the seeds? What do they use? Black thread or white? A machine or just needle and thread?

      April 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
  2. Thinkergal

    We cannot blame Islam for this. Ultimately these young man are alone responsible for their own actions.

    April 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
    • Karloff

      Preposterous twaddle.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
  3. Age of Reson

    ...the aim of Islam is to convert EVERYONE, either by trickery or force!

    April 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
    • The real Tom

      And that makes it different from Christianity how, exactly?

      April 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
    • Jose M Pulido

      Not to convert but to pervert.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
  4. scootfl78

    Timothy McVeigh was a Roman Catholic...were there stories on CNN where the Pope was condemning McVeigh's actions? Do Christian churches in the U.S. condemn the actions of the KKK, anti-abortion terrorists, and other militia organizations in the country? We never know because CNN doesn't bother to show any articles where those acts are being condemned. Why is it expected that Muslim leaders condemn violent acts from those who are on the far right of their religion when other religions are given a free pass? I'm of no religion myself, but the hypocrisy by CNN and many who post on this "Belief" section is amazing to witness from an agnostic, borderline Atheist (with all the hate in the world and almost all of it tying to religious zealots, I have a good reason to not really believe)..

    April 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
    • Edwin

      Come on, now, if you read posts here you already know why this situation is different: these brothers may not actually have been Muslim. But Islam is intrinsically evil – so it is clearly the cause of most terrorism. But Catholicism is not intrinsically evil, so it is not to blame for McVeigh's actions.

      Most Americans assume Islam is evil and use that assumption to prove that Islam is evil. It is a very tidy but of logic, and nothing you can possibly write here will convince them otherwise.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
    • Will S

      McVeigh was raised Roman Catholic. However, he stated that he was an agnostic several times over a period of several years, including the night before his execution.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
    • Jose M Pulido

      Timothy McVey did not blow up a Mosque neither Muslim country buildings in the name of the deadly ideology of Islam neither in the name of a real religion; he was a confessed atheist with a grudge against the government. it is not intelligent to compare apples to oranges as you do.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
    • rabidatheist

      Timothy McVeigh was an admitted agnostic with no religious ties.

      April 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm |
  5. Jose M Pulido

    Oh yeah, now the Boston Muslims claim to so Bostonian. They normally claim to be all Arabs and all Muslim/Islamist first, no matter what country they are from than to be Americans.
    But now that again, two of their so-called Muslim/Islamist brothers have committed another psychopathic terrorist crime against the USA, they distance from them; but in reality deep inside they are rejoicing and celebrating their terrorist attack just like they celebrated on 9/11.

    '"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.' Even if he does not recognize them, they are his so called Muslim brothers.

    ' "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" ' he added. Yeah right, he is now so Bostonian.
    Do you, as reader, notice his hypocrisy and cynicism? He is "infuriated at the criminals of these bombings for trying to rip our city apart." Trying? They indeed ripped part of the city apart but Yusufi Vali can care less about the people his Islamist brothers murdered and the 200 they wounded and maimed; that is why he did not even mentions them.
    The time to ban Islam from the USA is long over due. Islam is a deadly ideology and not a believer-friendly, neither a useful and beneficial religion. We should remove the so-called Islamic studies from our universities and ban Islamist schools before it is too late. Mosques are often places of conspiracy and planning for more terrorist attacks. If we do not stop Islam now, we will fall like many other countries that have fallen by the oppression of such deadly ideology.

    April 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
    • Evolution of Filth

      No Jewish faith, no Christians. No Christians, no Muslims. No Muslims......

      April 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      HA, HA, HA, hindus crooks hind is in pain, American consti tution is of fundamentals of Islam, not of hinduism racism, America, Islamic first, than any thing else, hindus crooks, Islam does not recognize hinduism racism, as you hind, lie about races of Muslims and Islam.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      HA, HA, HA, hindus crooks hind is in pain, American consti tution is of fundamentals of Islam,

      April 19, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
    • Edwin

      So... if Muslims say nothing then they are secretly rejoicing against 'decent' Americans, but if they speak out against the violence then they are secretly rejoicing against 'decent' Americans...

      Do you actually listen to yourself? Your logic is based on paranoia, not rational thinking. If you start with the assumption that Muslims are evil, it is easy to show that whatever they do is evidence of evil. The same was said about Jews in Nazi Germany – they were evil and anti-German, so everything they did was clearly against Germany.

      Do you REALLY admire Hitler's logic that much?

      April 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
  6. Apple Bush

    My cracker has salt
    Salt tastes good
    If I could have salt forever
    I would send all of those people who don’t have salt to a terrible place
    Can I have salt forever?
    Salt tastes good

    April 19, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
  7. Hokierule

    It's interesting how when Muslims are quiet after an attack – they are blamed for not speaking up. Now when do they speak up (and I do believe the vast majority want to live in peace) then too it's not enough. I guess it truly is unfortunate that these disillusionised idiots get away with these heinous acts and all billion Muslims have to bear the brunt / negative rap.

    April 19, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • Edwin

      That's because most Americans see Muslims as intrinsically evil. Because of that, every action they do is interpreted as being either directly anti-American or part of a secret effort to lull America into a false sense of security.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
  8. Martin R

    Obama used the parents of the slain children of Newtown as props for his gun agenda. But something tells me he will not be using the Boston tragedy to speak against radical Islam. He is a liberal apologist and will possibly blame this on America (remember his mentor, Jeremiah Wright). It was unbelievable when the President blamed the Benghazi terror attack on a movie maker, and labeled the Fort Hood shooting as workplace violence. It is indeed a sad day when our own President is against us. Reminds me of a neighbor who was nice and affectionate to all the women and children in the neighborhood. Years later we found out that he was abusing his own children and wife at home. That is Obama for you.

    April 19, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • Ben

      Martin, you are very sick. You should see a psychiatrist soon. You are paranoid to a degree that is dangerous.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
    • Chooch0253

      You're an ldiot. End of story.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Martin the Bozo attempts to pretend he has an original thought. More at 11.

      Idiot, do you think Obama had to persuade these parents to testify? You're so stupid you make mushrooms look brilliant.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
    • Dan

      I really, really wish one of you far RW cowards would call the children of Newtown "PROPS" within earshot of me. I'd like to break a nose or two. Cowards need guns during peacetime because....they are COWARDS.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:49 pm |
    • okfine

      Martin you are a moron

      April 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
  9. The fact of the matter

    The liberals who were screaming "right wing extremist attack" seem to have crawled back into their holes.

    April 19, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • rabidatheist

      Wait, radical Muslims aren't "Right Wing" conservatives? They are just as conservative, and religious as your Christian extremists, they just face a different way when they pray.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
    • The Other Bob

      Funny, I don't remember hearing any of those. Were they just in your head?

      April 19, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
  10. Clarity

    Jesus is the answer!!!

    April 19, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
    • MagicPanties

      My invisible pink unicorn is the question!

      April 19, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Jesus delights is the death of the innocent. Jesus is the answer for the unhealthy and dangerous delusions of Christians. Christians and Muslims can't wait for death and do not value life as a very basic principle of their doctrine. God loves me, kill everyone else.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
    • clarity

      lower-case clarity says nonsense!

      April 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
    • RedEx

      Oh really? So Jesus is the answer, but the question remains unknown.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Hugo

    Deport the lot of them.

    April 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
    • Shakira

      Some of us are native born citizens you know. Sorry we have rights.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
    • Paulwisc

      Deport Hugo. Much simpler, and we raise the intelligence level of the US by an incremental amount.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Shakira wrote,"Some of us are native born citizens you know."

      A generation dare cuts the chords from a long-cultured socialism and yet the societal flesh cannot be made righteous let alone wiped clean. The futures of this world's masses; ebbs and flows much like the ocean's surface ebbs and flows. Time is a good separator and the greater the separations the more time itself begins ebbing and flowing as fluidic motions when jiggled.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
    • The real Tom

      "chords"

      Idiot. Figure out the difference between "chords" and "cords". Why the hell aren't you still in a mental ward?

      April 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
    • STFU

      @Shakira, interesting Shakira, I feel you're here to defend muslims, I see you are just focusing on anti-muslim comments, I haven't seen a single your comment opposing Pakistani racist muslim sc um bag Mohammad A. Dar (with handler ISLAM FOUNDARTION...), so that tells me you are a American by birth, but no different than those Boston boys in mind. Get lost FAKER.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
    • The Other Bob

      Lionylamb missed evening meds again!

      April 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      The real Tom knows little to just about nothing regarding the 'metaphorical'.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:57 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      The Other Bob,

      Thank you ToB for reminding me! 🙂

      April 19, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
    • The real Tom

      As if you do, LL. You're a nut-job who shouldn't be allowed to post anywhere on any forum.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm |
    • na

      And you too.

      April 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
  12. ALL rainbows all of the time

    Obama and all of the muslims even the ones that hate America say we love you and life is nothing but a hat full of unicorns and kittens.

    April 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
  13. STFU

    Muslim leaders condemnations are no more than crocodile tears, just look at Muslim Hero, Mohammad A. Dar, not a single word of condemnation coming out of his mouth, instead, spewing his Islam ism, low life.

    April 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
    • Paulwisc

      I guess displaying your idiocy online is fine as long as you're safely anonymous.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
    • STFU

      like you're real, Paulwisc, get lost goon

      April 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
  14. robert

    Atheists are doing this

    April 19, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
    • robert

      Of course they aren't

      April 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
    • faith

      what's this?

      April 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
    • MagicPanties

      I'm an atheist, and I'm doing this.
      If only I knew what "this" is.
      Maybe my invisible pink unicorn can help me.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
  15. cgs

    This condemnation is a start. But unless we see muslims speaking out against muslim terrorism, loudly and often, they won't be trusted.

    April 19, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
    • Paulwisc

      They have. You weren't listening.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
  16. Pockets46

    It's ALL religions that are a problem. It causes nothing but trouble for the planet. End them all. Ban them.

    April 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm |
    • Shakira

      Are you really foolish to think if all religion is banned people will stop killing each other??? You are native at best.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
    • Klucky1

      A Lot of these bombings/murders come from people who have a small-minded theory of their faith/religion life Period

      April 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
    • idreamofwar

      All religions are inherently evil. They try to enslave humans.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
    • G to the T

      If previous examples are any indication, if you remove religion, people will just find a new organization in which to separate the "us" from the "them"... The challenge is to harness religious sentiment into something more inclusive and constructive instead of divsive and destructive.

      April 23, 2013 at 10:47 am |
  17. Ganesh

    Violent outrage 3 dead for teddy bear named after mohd. Violent mobs 2 dead for supposed quran desecration. Boston bombs 3 dead and 'strong oral condemnation' for 'misinterpretaing tenets of Islam'. I've played enough poker.

    April 19, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
    • Shakira

      You are exactly the type of person I mean, its never good enough when we do speak out and an outrage if we don't.

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

      Shakira, you are one of the strongest Muslims I have seen, and I encourage and support you for your strength and willingness to stand up against these radical behaviors. This IS your country, too, and no matter how much opposition you get when you condemn these actions, do NOT give up! Nothing that is worthwhile ever gets achieved without a little toil and sweat, but the end results will be amazing and worthwhile. Keep getting your words out there. As an intelligent and strong Muslim woman, your words and efforts WILL be heard. It will take people like you to make the change this world needs! I, and millions of other Americans applaud you for your candid and truthful efforts to shed a much needed light on how valuable American liberties really are.....for all people of all religions, who choose to live within our shores. Thank you and may God bless you!

      April 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
  18. Johnson

    This is what Muslim parents need to start doing. Just like parents ask and talk to their kids about drugs. Muslim parents need to talk to their kids that radicalism is murder and tell them that while they are young. If their kids watch radical videos, stop the practice, filter it so kids can't access it and get deeply involved with your kids to the point where the kids start telling the parents that terrorism is evil and unacceptable.

    April 19, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
    • Rockbottom

      Because that works so well with drugs.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
  19. Confusing

    If the Muslim community come and condemn attacks, then people say they did not mean it. If they don't say anything, then they say they never did anything about it. Very confusing!

    April 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
    • Shakira

      It's damned if we do, damned if we don't for the Islamic community.

      April 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
    • NorCalMojo

      Hey, they looked the other way and made excuses for decades. It'll probably take decades to regain trust.

      That's just how it works.

      April 19, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
    • Shakira

      True NorCal but you have to start somewhere and this is a good start, but for some it still wont be enough. They got the kid alive and now we can see why they did this.

      April 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
    • STFU

      @Shakira, just read the posts of your brother Mohammad A. Dar (ISLAM FOUNDATIO....) from Pakistan.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
    • Rosstrex

      Please explain how you can be the victim? Islam does not appear to create Muslims that would throw themselves on the bombs to protect the Kaffir or physically stop the terrorists that are attacking NON-Muslims.
      Islam appears to create a victimization mentality. When someone believes they are a victim they ether lash out like terrorists do or they decry the maltreatment of others and use the perceived hurt to to remain in a perpetual state of victim hood.
      So with Islam it appears that Muslims ether live from moment to moment believing that they are victims of a vicious world that hurts them for being Muslim or they believe that the world is filled with kaffir that are evil and they must defend Islam against them.
      Both conditions perpetuate terror and victim hood.

      Sorry if this offends you but it is what an outside observer can easily see.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
    • Shakira

      @Rosstrex- I am a Muslim and have great friendships with non-Muslims. I go to college with them, my kid goes to day care with them. My in-laws are non- Muslims and I dont have a victim mentality at all. I abhor the killing of innocents like this, in Pakistan, Iraq, or any country. An innocent life should be mourned no matter is nationality.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
    • Melanie

      Confusing, Please don't give up! Those who voice their skepticism are only deeply hurt right now or are some of the few who talk before they think. They only spout off during an event, but they quickly calm down when the dust settles. Don't let their negative words discourage you from going forth with your voice in opposition to the radical behaviors of the few radical Muslims who are ruining it for the many good Muslims who are outstanding American citizens. We NEED your voice for the radical Islamists to take notice and listen....they WILL listen to you! Just like David slew Goliath, you can change the behaviors of many, one post at a time, and one newspaper article at a time. Get your voice out there in letters to the editors of major newspapers. They will print your words, as this is one of the most important issues in this country right now. Let the radicals hear your voice, and let NO ONE hold you down!! Millions of us support you and your efforts. May God bless you!

      April 19, 2013 at 9:57 pm |
  20. Shakira

    Do some of you not get that these guys are not Middle Eastern, they are from Chechnya. If you knew your geography it is not anywhere near the middle east. Ignorant.

    April 19, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
    • Brian

      Chechnya is in the southern most part of the former USSR and is close to the Middle East geographically, ethnically and politically.

      April 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
    • Gemtrails

      In 2004 the arab muslim jihad against the chechen's killed 331 hostages including 186 children.

      April 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
    • Jack Burton

      Chechnya -> Tehran: about 930 km.
      Cairo -> Tehran: 1930 km.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
    • BaldEagle

      This is proof that it doesn't matter where you are from- it matters that if you are Moslem you either want to kill non- Moslems or support other that kill on your behalf. It is a religion of hate, not peace.

      April 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm |
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