Head of extremist Muslim group ‘happy to see the horror in America’

Sarah Hofmann Contributor
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Mohammad al-Chalabi, head of the extremist Jordanian Muslim Salafi group, spoke highly Tuesday morning of the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

“Let the Americans feel the pain we endured by their armies occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and killing our people there,” said al-Chalabi, reports the Associated Press.

He was convicted in a 2003 al-Qaida plot in Jordan and served seven years in prison. He continued, “American blood isn’t more precious than Muslim blood.”

The Muslim Salafi group is technically outlawed in Jordan.

The AP also spoke with a counter-terrorism official based in Jordan, who said, “From the little information available, one can say it was a well-coordinated, well-targeted and near-simultaneous attack.”

He also acknowledged that such a bombing “[carries] the hallmark of an organized terrorist group, like al-Qaida.”

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