A suspected car bomb followed by heavy gunfire targeted the U.S. embassy in Yemen on Wednesday and at least 16 people, including six of the attackers, were believed to be killed, witnesses and police said.
U.S. praises Yemen’s fight against al-Qaeda, car bomb kills 16 at U.S. embassy in Yemen
Great job on Al-Qaeda, fellows. Now about Islamic Jihad in Yemen, and the Islamic jihad ideology in general…
Can we expect the Yemenis to work against that ideology? Can we expect the law of gravity to be suddenly suspended?
“Car bomb at U.S. embassy in Yemen kills 16,” by Mohammed Ghobari forÂ Reuters,Â via JW
* Nothing to do with Islam, of course not…
A car bomb set off a series of explosions outside the heavily fortified U.S. embassy in Yemen on Wednesday and a Yemeni security source said at least 16 people, including six attackers, were killed.
A U.S. embassy official confirmed that the blasts were caused by a car bomb and that there were reports of casualties.
Muslims around the world let out a collective yawn when dozens
Â of Hindus were slaughtered explicitly in theÂ name of AllahÂ last week.Â
Apparently no Qu’rans were harmed in the blasts.Â (New Delhi)
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“This morning a car exploded at the main gate of the embassy in Sanaa. There was an initial explosion and several secondary explosions,” a U.S. embassy spokesman told Reuters by telephone.
“We do have reports of casualties. Right now, I cannot confirm the number, nor the nationality nor the severity of the casualties.”
A group calling itself Islamic Jihad in Yemen claimed responsibility for the bombing and threatened attacks on other embassies including those of Britain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
It had threatened in a previous statement on Tuesday to launch a series of attacks unless the Yemeni government met its demands for the release of several members from jail.
“We, the organization of Islamic Jihad in Yemen declare our responsibility for the suicide attack on the American embassy in Sanaa,” the statement read.
“We will carry out the rest of the series of attacks on the other embassies that were declared previously, until our demands are met by the Yemeni government.”
Smoke was seen rising from the heavily fortified U.S. compound in Sanaa and ambulances and fire engines raced to the scene, which was cordoned off by police, witnesses said.
The security source said that six attackers and four bystanders were killed, while the rest were Yemeni security forces.
Yemen, the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden, has grappled with a spate of al Qaeda attacks this year, including one on the U.S. embassy, another near the Italian mission and others on Western tourists.
An al Qaeda-affiliated group claimed responsibility in March for a mortar attack that missed the U.S. embassy but wounded 13 girls at a nearby school.
The United States ordered non-essential staff to leave Yemen in April, a day after an attack on a residential compound.
The Yemeni government joined the U.S.-led war against terrorism following the September 11 attacks on U.S. cities in 2001.
It has jailed dozens of militants in connection with bombings of Western targets and clashes with authorities, but is still viewed in the West as a haven for Islamist militants.
The government of the poor Arab country has also been fighting Shi’ite rebels in the northern province of Saada since 2004 and faced protests against unemployment and inflation.
(Reporting by Abdul-Rahman Alansi in Yemen, Lin Noueihed and Raissa Kasolowsky in Dubai; Writing by Lin Noueihed; Editing by Alison Williams)
India bombings: Muslims angry (at the police, not the jihad terrorists)
“Terrorists do not belong to any religion. They should be hanged. Why don’t the police realise this and stop persecuting Muslims alone?” Because, of course, the terrorists in question are Muslims who explain and justify their actions by reference to Islamic teachings. But that is the one thing above all that, on pain of charges of “bigotry,” we are supposed not to notice, and to do nothing about.
“Muslim anger rises, police sketch suspects; India needs tough anti-terror laws: panel,” fromÂ Arab Times, September 16 (thanks to JW):
NEW DELHI, Sept 16, (RTRS): India needs a tough law to fight attacks like the deadly weekend bombings in New Delhi, a government panel said on Tuesday, as police released sketches of key suspects. There were immediate signs of dissent within the government, though, after the Home Minister Shivraj Patil told NDTV news channel the country already had strong enough laws in place. In its report, the panel asked the government to consider tougher laws to deal with growing militancy in India. “We need a comprehensive anti-terror law, but there should be adequate safeguards,” said Veerappa Moily, a senior member of the ruling Congress party, who headed the panel. India’s main opposition, the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, which accuses the centrist Congress party-led coalition of following a policy of appeasement, wants the reinstatement of a tough anti-terrorism law it promoted when in power.Congress scrapped the law saying it had been misused to harass Muslims. But Muslims say they are still being persecuted under the present regime and were planning to protest, because they were being unfairly targeted in a police manhunt. Minority Muslims told Reuters in several Muslim-dominated areas of New Delhi that police were conducting a “witch hunt” and accused authorities of reinforcing stereotypes about Muslims. “Terrorists do not belong to any religion,” said Feroze Alam, a young trader in New Delhi’s Daryaganj district. “They should be hanged. Why don’t the police realise this and stop persecuting Muslims alone?” Some 20 Muslim organisations plan to meet in New Delhi next month to work a strategy to counter those stereotypes. “It is time to unite and protest against these attempts to harass Muslim youths and brand them as terrorists,” Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the chief cleric of Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, told Reuters.
* Here’s a good comment from one who knows:
In the article, Feroze Alam pontificates: Terrorists do not belong to any religion. Yes, they do, you idiot. It is called Islam (if you can call it a religion at all). Other words from this moron are so typical of Muslims: ALWAYS blame the victims and cry persecution when confronted with reality. Police have to go after Muslims because “Indian Mujahiddin” are not a bunch of Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, or Christians. Now, they plan to hold demonstrations to protest police investigations. Another Muslim tactic: play the victim and try to stop any investigation. I am sure they will be supported by pseudo-secular politicians and human rights industry and police will be quietly asked to back off. Another set of bombs will go off somewhere else and the whole cycle will be repeated again.
“It is time to unite and protest against these attempts to harass Muslim youths and brand them as terrorists,” says Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the chief cleric of Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. (‘Brand them”- I somehow like that…)
They are branded as terrorists because they are terrorists. This slimey Bukhari ought to have been charged with sedition years ago because he has been threatening the nation with riots and another partition if (you guessed it) Muslim demands are not met. India’s non-Muslims, mainly Hindus, are royally pissed off at the Muslims and their PC boot lickers. There are 850-900 million of us and about 140 million Muslims in India. Just do the math and figure out who is going to win this fight if you slimes talk of another partition. My reading in India is that Hindus are no longer willing to concede an inch to Muslims. If necessary, we will unite each one of the slimes with their 72 virgins (Muslima, of course)and 28 boys. So, send word to your false Allah to arrange for 10 billion virgins and 4 billion boys. In the bargain, we will also send the pseudo-secular brigade as your slaves. My short message to Muslims: f**k you, we have had enough of your filth, lies, taqiya, and violence.
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