03 May '11, 9am

Indonesian clerics condemn Osama bin Laden sea burial

Indonesian clerics condemn Osama bin Laden sea burial

JAKARTA : Indonesia's top Islamic body on Tuesday condemned the sea burial of Osama bin Laden, as radicals promised a day of mass prayer to mourn the Al-Qaeda leader's death at the hands of US special forces. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's office issued a statement which neither applauded nor condemned the killing of the world's most wanted terrorist and alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. "The president said Indonesia has a common spirit with other nations in fighting against terrorism," spokesman Julian Pasha said in the first official Indonesian reaction to the news. Indonesia has been hit by multiple terror attacks including the 2002 Bali bombing which killed more than 200 people, mainly Western tourists. Its US-backed counter-terrorism force has killed and arrested scores of militants since 9/11, including leaders of the Jemaah Islamiyah...

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