Moroccan people, blocked by a soldier, try to look at the damaged Jewish community center in Casablanca, Morocco, Saturday May 17, 2003. Terrorists set off a string of deadly blasts in the heart of the Moroccan capital on Friday night, killing at least 40
CASABLANCA, Morocco - Suicide attackers set off a string of explosions in the heart of Casablanca, killing at least 40 people at a Jewish community center, the Belgian consulate, a Spanish social club and a major hotel.
The five separate but nearly simultaneous attacks on Friday night injured 60 people and threw the city into chaos. Decapitated bodies and smashed cars littered the streets. Walls were peeled back and some buildings partially leveled. Alone in the wreckage, a woman howled in anguish.
The attacks came just days after U.S. officials warned that al-Qaida was planning a worldwide series of terrorist attacks.
The assailants carried out the carnage with precision, witnesses said. Three of them entered the restaurant in the Casa de Espana social club after slitting the security guard's throat with a large knife, Lamia Haffi, an employee, told Spanish National Radio.
I wonder whether these suicide bombers really do attain the paradise (and 72 willing virgins, or whatever) that they expect. I don't like their chances, as they die committing three terrible sins: (1) suicide, which is throwing back in God's face the life he has given them; (2) murder of innocent people; and (3) blasphemy for carrying out (1) and (2) in the name of God.
Still, we should not pre-empt God's judgment of these wretched people.