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Saudi clerics condemn terrorism

Leading clerics in Saudi Arabia have issued a religious ruling, or fatwa, saying that terror attacks by Islamic extremists are “serious criminal acts”. The Council of Senior Clerics said it fully backed the Saudi authorities in their campaign against those who were carrying out acts of sabotage, bombing and murder in the country. It said those who claimed that such activities were part of a holy war were “ignorant and misguided”. “These acts have nothing to do with jihad for the sake of God,” said the council, which is headed by the kingdom’s highest religious authority, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz al-Sheikh. It also said those who assisted or sheltered the extremists were guilty of “great sin”. “We must rally around the leadership of this country and its scholars, especially in this time of dissent,” the council said. On Thursday, Crown Prince Abdullah urged all Saudi citizens to be “the eye, ear and hand” of the security forces in its campaign against extremists. Full Story

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