Thursday, November 10, 2005

CNN.com - Terror attacks spark fury in Jordan - Nov 10, 2005

Terror attacks spark fury in Jordan
Amman stunned by suicide bombings


AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) -- Three terror bombings that killed at least 56 people in Jordan's capital sparked furious protests against al Qaeda on Thursday after a Web site carried a claim that the group was behind the attacks.

Jordanians flooded Amman blaring car horns and waving the nation's flag to protest the suicide attacks at three hotels with Western connections.

Hundreds of angry Jordanians rallied, shouting, "Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!" after the claim of responsibility was posted.

The Wednesday attacks at the Grand Hyatt, Radisson and Days Inn hotels in downtown Amman took their greatest toll on a wedding party. (Watch what the explosion left behind -- 4:39)

The wedding reception of Ashraf al-Akhras and his bride, Nadia Alami, at the Radisson was targeted by one of the bombers, although no Westerners attended. The explosion killed the couple's fathers and a number of guests. The newlyweds were wounded.

The groom said the blast happened as he and his bride were entering the wedding hall. He lost as many as 10 of his relatives, he said.

"This is not Islam," al-Akhras said. "This is a terrorist fighting our capital."

In the Palestinian West Bank village of Silet al-Thaher, Akhras family members mourned their relatives.

"Oh my God, oh my God. Is it possible that Arabs are killing Arabs, Muslims killing Muslims? For what did they do that?" screamed 35-year-old Najah Akhras, who lost two nieces in the attack.

Some Middle Eastern nations are accustomed to suicide bombings, but Jordan is not. Wednesday's blasts, which wounded more than 100 people, shook the country's confidence in its security.

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