Buhari: Saudi bomb­ing at­tempt to mar Eid el-fitr

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has con­demned Mon­day’s sui­cide bomb­ing in Is­lam’s sec­ond holi­est city, Me­d­ina, Saudi Ara­bia.

The pres­i­dent said yes­ter­day in a state­ment by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the fact that the bomb­ing came the same day as a sui­cide bomber struck near the US Con­sulate in Jed­dah, also in Saudi Ara­bia, showed that it was an or­ches­trated plan to mar the Eid-el-Fitr cel­e­bra­tion.

He con­doled the Saudi au­thor­i­ties over what he called a rep­re­hen­si­ble at­tack.

Buhari de­scribed the de­vel­op­ment as a des­e­cra­tion of all that was sa­cred and holy as it took place near the Prophet’s mosque and on one of the holy days of Ra­madan.

“The mer­chants of evil have once again shown that there is noth­ing re­li­gious in their mind­less acts, by strik­ing near the Prophet’s mosque. It val­i­dates the claim that ter­ror­ism re­ally has noth­ing to do with Is­lam. Pur­vey­ors of ter­ror are sim­ply agents of the devil,” he said.

The pres­i­dent urged na­tions to re­main vig­i­lant to col­lec­tively beat the forces of dark­ness on the prowl around the globe.

Buhari, who noted that ter­ror­ism no longer re­spects in­ter­na­tional bound­aries, charged hu­man­ity to rise as one body “to ex­cise this ver­min from our body polity, and as­sert our lib­erty from those who pan­der to base and vi­cious in­stincts.

“With our col­lec­tive re­solve, we shall beat ter­ror­ism. Around the world and around the clock, let us be alert. And we would re­main free and safe,” the pres­i­dent said.

Sui­cide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Ara­bia on Mon­day, in an ap­par­ently co­or­di­nated cam­paign of at­tacks as Saudis pre­pared to break their fast on the penul­ti­mate day of the holy month of Ra­madan.

The ex­plo­sions tar­get­ing U.S. diplo­mats, Shi’ite wor­ship­pers and a se­cu­rity head­quar­ters at a mosque in the holy city of Me­d­ina fol­low days of mass killings claimed by the Is­lamic State group, in Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq.

The at­tacks all seem to have been timed to co­in­cide with the ap­proach of Eid al-Fitr, the fes­ti­val that marks the end of the fast.

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