Muslim Religious leaders denounce assassination attempt on Saudi Cleric and Diplomat 

Cotabato City – Thousands gathered at the heart of this city on Thursday, March 2 during a peace rally denouncing the assassination attempt on Saudi Islamic missionary Sheikh A’idh Al-Qarni and Sheikh Turki Assaegh, Religious Attache of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Manila last March 1 at Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), Zamboanga City.

According to police reports, one of the gunmen was killed by police and another two were arrested.

The rallyists described the incident as a terror attack and urged the Aquino Government for a deep investigation on the matter.

“In the name of peace and justice, we are urging President Aquino to serve justice for the two Islamic Scholars,” said Sheikh Abdulrauf Guialani, a member of Darul Ifta.

They also slammed Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco for describing the incident as isolated case.

Asked to comment on the statement of Mayor Climaco, Abu Maha Burhan, member of Committee on Da’wah in the city said the victims are foreign Islamic missionaries with international stature, “how can she call it isolated case?”

“There is still no development on this case, that is why we are urging the national government to fast track the investigation”, Burhan further said.

The two Saudi Clerics came to Zamboanga city to speak on a forum at the said university.