Medina attack: Muslim world reacts after deadly blast
The Muslim world has united to condemn a deadly attack at one of Islam’s holiest sites - the Prophet’s Mosque in the Saudi city of Medina.
Setting aside differences, world leaders, politicians, groups and activists expressed their outrage on Tuesday, a day after a suicide bomber killed at least four guards within striking distance of the Prophet Muhammad’s tomb. The blast followed two more attacks, in Jeddah and Qatif, also on Monday.
A spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry described the triple bombings as “despicable acts that did not respect the sanctity of place, time and innocent people”.
Joko Widodo, the president of Indonesia denounced the attack while Najib Razak, the Malaysian prime minister said “terror cannot be justified” and urged the public to remain calm but alert. Foreign ministers of Turkey, Qatar and Iran, Melvut Cavusoglu, Mohammed bin Jassim Al Thani and Javad Zarif respectively condemned the bombing in Medina and called for Muslim unity.
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