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Muslim support for Laden down

world Updated: Sep 20, 2008 01:22 IST
AFP
Muslim support for Laden

The number of Muslims around the world who say suicide attacks are acceptable has fallen in the past six years, as has Muslims’ confidence in Osama bin Laden, a survey by a US think-tank showed on Thursday.

But, the Pew Research Center warned in its Global Attitudes Project, significant minorities of Muslims in eight countries surveyed continue to endorse suicide bombings and support the Al-Qaeda leader.

In Lebanon, the number of Muslims who said suicide attacks can be justified often or sometimes in defense of Islam fell by 42 per cent between 2002 to this year, the study showed.

Down sharply from 74 per cent six years ago, one in three Muslims in Lebanon still backed suicide attacks.

In Pakistan, support for suicide bombings has fallen by 28 per cent to a scant five per cent in the past six years.

In Jordan, support has dropped 18 points since 2002, but a quarter of Jordanian Muslims still support suicide attacks.

Even though numbers have fallen by 15 per cent in six years, around 10 per cent in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, continue to support suicide attacks.

Nigeria, where around half the population is Muslim, also saw a 15 per cent drop in support, but that left nearly one-third still in support of the deadly tactic.

Turkey and Tanzania saw drops in support for suicide bombings of 10 and six points respectively since 2002.

More than 24,000 people in 24 countries were surveyed for the project, including just under 8,000 in eight countries asked for their views on suicide bombings and bin Laden.