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Egypt, Saudi Arabia condemn Boston bombings

Saudi king perpetrators of 'heinous terrorist acts' represent only themselves while Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood says Islamic Law does not condone violence against civilians

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have both condemned the bombings at the Boston Marathon which killed three people earlier this week including an eight-year-old boy. The king of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday condemned the bombings, saying no religion or morals would condone such an attack.


In a condolences message to President Barack Obama and the American people, King Abdullah said the perpetrators of such ‘‘heinous terrorist acts’’ are ‘‘enemies of any humane considerations.’’ He said the perpetrators represent only themselves.


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In a separate statement, the Saudi Embassy said a Saudi woman was among those injured, suffering from minor injuries due to glass fragments.


Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood also condemned the bombings, but a senior member of the group painted them as part of a conspiracy aimed at undermining Muslims' moves toward democracy.


In a statement by the Brotherhood's political arm, the Freedom and Justice party, the group said Islamic law, or Shariah, does not condone violence against civilians, and expressed condolences to the American people and families of the victims.


The party also said that Islamic law "firmly rejects assaults on civilians and doesn't accept any means of terrorizing people, regardless of their religion, color, or gender."


"The sinful assaults in Boston ascertain the necessity of solidarity of the international community in efforts to achieve justice and well-being for all nations and communities, and to ensure that these crimes don't take place again," the statement said.


The office of President Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Brotherhood, also condemned the bombings, calling them "criminal" and expressing solidarity with the families of the victims.


However, in a separate statement, a senior member of the group said the condemnation of the "criminal act" should not stop the interpretation of the "grave incident" as a conspiracy.


Essam el-Erian, deputy leader of the Freedom and Justice Party, said the Boston bombings were one of a number of events aimed at fueling violence and feeding fear of Muslims. El-Erian didn't say who he thought was behind the conspiracy.


"Who is disturbed by the democratic transformations, despite the difficult transition from despotism, corruption, poverty, hatred, and intolerance to freedom, justice tolerance, development, human dignity, and social justice?"


"Who planted Islamophobia through research, and the media? Who funds the violence?" he asked.



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