Bin Laden’s death resonates in Omaha

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May 3rd, 2011

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Omaha, NE – Here in Omaha, many are still reacting to the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death, including some who have first-hand experience of the terror caused by Bin Laden’s terrorist network, Al-Qaeda. Mohammed Tabla is one of those people. A native of Baghdad, Iraq, Tabla is now a student at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

“They just wanted to kill anyone,” he said. “They don’t care if he is Christian, if he is Muslim, if he is Jewish or if he is anyone… they just wanted to kill anyone to make a problem in Iraq,” he said.

The "Kadhimayn Mosque" in Baghdad, Iraq (Photo courtesy Wikimedia)

Tabla said terrorists captured his uncle at one point and demanded ransom. “They don’t care about religion, they don’t care about anything,” he said. “They just wanted to receive money.”

People who choose to follow Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda don’t have a mind of their own, Tabla said, and they misunderstand the Islamic religion.

As a Muslim, he said his religion is all about peace. He also said he mourns for any person who has been killed or hurt by terrorism. Whether it’s in his native Iraq, or in his adopted America, it’s like the death of “a brother,” he said.

“Because we are human,” he said. “All of us are under the same God.”

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