Al-Qaeda calls for assassination of top diplomats after protesters burn Quran

Al-Qaeda has called for attacks on Swedish and Danish embassies around the globe following recent burnings of the Quran by far-right protesters in the Scandinavian countries.

The Islamist terrorist network has called for assassinations to be targeted at diplomats after several copies of the Islamic holy book were torched in recent months.  

Copies of the book have been burned in both Sweden and Denmark in recent months, sparking condemnation across the Muslim world.

Last month the Swedish embassy in Baghdad was stormed by protesters after a planned Quran burning in Stockholm – with the Swedish ambassador expelled soon after.

Morocco has recalled its ambassador to Stockholm over the burnings, which Indonesia also condemned as “a racist act of serious hate”.

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The burnings have also led to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan banning Swedish activities in the country – including aid work.

Sweden does not currently have an embassy in that country since the militants took back control in 2021.  

More than 60,000 people signed a petition to Parliament calling for the UK Government to condemn the burnings.

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In its response, a Foreign Office spokesperson said: “The UK condemns the burning of the Holy Quran and appreciates the immense sense of outrage expressed by Muslims around the world caused by the burning of the Holy Qur’an, an act which is deeply insulting.

“The Swedish Government has also made clear that it condemns the burning of holy texts and recognises the offence and disrespect caused by such acts.

“The UK Government is committed to both freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief, and wants to foster a respectful and understanding society. We continue to promote mutual respect between different religious and non-religious communities.”

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