Yesterday’s car bombing at the General Directorate of Traffic in Riyadh, which resulted in the death of four people and caused injuries to 148, has drawn strong condemnation from all over the world, and an outpouring of condolences for its victims, with messages arriving from governments, organizations, and individuals.
Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Shaikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-AsShaikh issued a statement today citing verses from the Holy Qur’an and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad that clearly stipulate such an act as “forbidden and highly sinful”. He also declared that it is forbidden to cover up such acts, or to express justification for them, and whoever does so, is an accomplice to the crime. To the security officers, he urged vigilance and strong will, to defend Islam against these people.
Last night, U.S. President George W. Bush condemned the act of terrorism and affirmed that all the countries of the world must unite to confront such threats, pointing out that Saudi Arabia is a good model in this regard because it is effectively pursuing terrorists.
Today, the U.S. State Department issued a statement condemning the terrorist attack, expressing condolences to the government and people of Saudi Arabia for its victims, and declaring that those who carry out such attacks do not serve the causes of the Arab people or those of Islam. He affirmed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States are cooperating strongly in the war on terrorism, and stressed that an attack such as that of yesterday only serves to strengthen the will of both countries in this fight.