Outrage swept the Muslim world after an al Qaeda team disguised as cops destroyed a predominantly Arab housing complex in the Saudi capital, killing at least 17 people - including four children.
"Criminal acts like these . . . cannot be the work of real Muslims, because the Islamic religion forbids the killing of peaceful people," said Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.
"They are the work of those who are the enemies of religion and humanity alike."...
"I think [the terrorists] lost substantial support among those who used to show some sympathy with them," said Mohsen al-Awajy, a moderate Islamist who had been jailed for opposition to the government.
Khaled Batarfi, managing editor of the al Medinah newspaper, said, "In the past, they would pretend to be against Americans, Christians - whoever they perceive to be the enemy. Now their enemy is the same people whose approval they seek."...
"What Islam is this? They are terrorists," said Hamdan Youssef, a 39-year-old Saudi businessman.
Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef promised to "get the perpetrators no matter how long it takes."
"There is no crime more heinous than this. It took place in the country and against citizens and a place housing Arabs and Muslims," he said as he viewed a bombed-out crater and charred palm trees at the site....
"This evil must be stopped," Saudi Prince Turki said.
- Andy Soltis, "Islamic Outrage at Saudi Blasts," New York Post, November 10, 2003.
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