DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has condemned the killing in North Carolina of three American Muslim college students as a “heinous terrorist” act, and called for respecting religious beliefs and halting incitement against Muslims.
The statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency Sunday also condemned as a “terrorist” act the attacks that killed two people in Denmark, one at a panel discussion that included an artist who caricatured the Prophet Muhammad and the other outside a synagogue.
In neighboring Qatar, several thousand people held a march Sunday in the capital Doha in solidarity with the families of the North Carolina victims.
The victims’ relatives are pressing for hate-crime charges against avowed atheist Craig Hicks, and the FBI is also investigating possible motives. Local police say a parking dispute sparked the murders.