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Saudi Asks Muslims to Fight Terror as Haj Continues

Saudi Arabia, battling Islamic militancy, wrapped up the haj pilgrimage Monday by urging Muslims to fight terror and work for the good of mankind. As King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah delivered a message of a peaceful Islam to two million pilgrims, police blared warnings via megaphones and helicopters hovered in the sky to try to avert a fresh disaster after the death toll from a stampede Sunday rose by seven to 251 pilgrims. Health Ministry spokesman Khaled al-Mirghalani said six bodies were found long after the stampede and one person in critical condition died. He did not give their nationalities. “Terrorism is corruption on earth and seeks aggression, destruction and fighting God, his Prophet and Muslims. God abhors anarchists and forbids aggression and has laid down the most severe punishment for aggressors,” the Saudi leaders said. Full Story

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