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Saudi Arabia condemns killing of three US Muslims

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(Riyadh-AlummahWorld, 27 Rabi ath-Thani 1436, 16 Feb 2015) Saudi Arabia condemned the killing in North Carolina of three American Muslim college students as a "heinous terrorist" act, and called for an end to incitement against Muslims.


The statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency on Sunday also condemned as a "terrorist" act the recent attacks that killed two people in Denmark, one at a panel discussion that included an artist who caricatured the Prophet Muhammad and the other outside a synagogue.


Meanwhile in neighboring Qatar, several thousand people held a march Sunday in the capital Doha in solidarity with the families of the North Carolina victims. The marchers appealed for protection against hate crimes for the tens of thousands of young Arabs studying in the United States on scholarships funded by the energy-rich governments of the Gulf.


Deah Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, were killed on Tuesday by their neighbor Craig Hicks, 46, an avowed atheist who was a vocal critic of all religions. Family members say all three were shot in the head at the newlywed couple's home, though police aren't saying exactly how the three victims died.


The victims' relatives are pressing for hate-crime charges against Hicks, and the FBI is now involved and investigating possible motives. Local police initially said a parking dispute sparked the murders and the U.S. attorney for the region described it as "an isolated incident."


However, the day after the attack, the pre-eminent institute of Islamic learning in Egypt, al-Azhar, described the murders as a "cowardly terrorist act."
Al-Azhar, which is based in Cairo, said it was deeply concerned that the killings appeared to have been prompted by "racism and Islamophobia."

 

US and other Western media facing critics from US Muslim community and around the world for posing the incident as a personal dispute despite the statements of many people that killer was posting anti-Islamic sentiments on social media.

 

US President Barak Obama denounced the killing of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as "brutal and outrageous murders".denouncing the killing of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as "brutal and outrageous murders". But his condemnation came after statement of Turkish President who urged Obama to denounce killing of three Muslims students in the North Carolina.