Erdogan criticizes Obama for silence over slain Muslims

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Posted: Feb 13, 2015 3:26 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reproached U.S. President Barack Obama and other senior officials for not speaking out against the killings of three young Muslims in North Carolina this week.

Erdogan said during a news conference in Mexico Thursday that the U.S. administration should take a stance against the killings, saying their silence was "meaningful."

His words were carried by Turkey's state-run news agency early on Friday.

Erdogan said: "I ask Mr. Obama: where are you Mr. President?"

An atheist with a reputation for bullying his neighbors has been charged with murder.

Police say the killings may have been over a parking dispute. But they are also investigating whether religious or ethnic hatred may have motivated the suspect.