This is a banner day for terrorists.
Paper says militants rigged Koran with explosives
Wed 12 November, 2003 08:06
RIYADH (Reuters) - Muslim militants planning attacks in Saudi Arabia's holiest city, Mecca, booby-trapped copies of Islam's holy book, the Koran, to kill and maim pilgrims, a leading Saudi-owned newspaper has reported.
The London-based daily Asharq al-Awsat on Wednesday quoted Saudi security sources as saying that this novel weapon was discovered in the arms caches police found after raiding militant hideouts in Mecca and the capital Riyadh in recent weeks.
Suspected al Qaeda militants killed at least 18 people this week in a suicide car bombing at a Riyadh residential compound housing mainly Arab expatriates.
Last week, police besieged militant safe houses in both cities and killed five Islamists in the clashes. In Mecca, police said they had found tonnes of explosives and rocket propelled grenade launchers, which Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz said were to be used to attack pilgrims.
In July, police searching militant caches in Mecca found souvenir clocks resembling the Koran that had been booby-trapped.
What are they thinking? Oh yes, I forgot, it's the religion of peace.