Philippines bus explosion blamed on terrorists
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By RYAN MARTIN, Associated Press
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — The head of Australia’s biggest Muslim organization condemned the blast Thursday that killed at least 14 people, and said the authorities need to investigate the attack as terrorism in the eyes of the law.
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«This attack is a terrorist attack which shows the lack of understanding and awareness about terrorism in our countries,» said Abu Haji al-Marri, head of Malaysia’s National Council for Muslim Scholars, in a statement issued after authorities confirmed the dead. He blamed terrorism specifically for the attacks that killed 52 people at a satirical magazine in Paris and a Jewish supermarket in Toulouse.
«There is the possibility for other incidents,» he said. «That can only mean this is terrorism in our own minds.»
The bombings were not the first in recent months targeting Shiite pilgrims from Iraq, which is the home region of Shiite majority Iran.
On Oct. 8, suicide bombings rocked the Shiite holy city of Najaf, killing 17 people. That attack was suspected to have been a terrorist attack. And on Oct. 31, a suicide bomber killed two security guards at a military parade in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Both were part of the group linked to the al-Qaida affiliate.
The Islamic State group has become increasingly violent since the beginning of the year.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday strongly condemned the explosion and urged the government to crack down on Islamic extremism.
In an official statement, he said the Australian government has made a «comprehensive review» of how to prevent suicide bombings and that any new attack that targets civilians — an issue that has been an issue for several months — would be considered «inappropriate.»
It is common in Australia for mosques to operate as a hub and have a capacity of about 35-40 people, according to the Australian Council of Imams.
Some Muslim scholars have expressed concern that Islamic State militants could use the explosion in a small Australian city as a prelude to suicide bombings on other Muslim communities in Western countries.
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