Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has condemned Saturday's deadly bomb attacks on Jewish synagogues in Turkey, saying such acts of terror went against Islamic teachings.
"It is acts like these that tarnish the image of Islam," Abdullah was quoted as saying by the Bernama news agency late on Sunday.
The al-Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden said in a statement sent to London-based newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi that it was responsible for the attacks on two synagogues in the heart of Istanbul which killed at least 23 people and injured some 300 others.
"Islam teaches its adherents to respect other religions. We cannot commit acts of terror on other religions ... we cannot destroy other religions' house of worship," Abdullah said.
"Such acts of terror are not representative of Muslim groups although we know that the Israelis do commit such acts of terror."
Abdullah took over as prime minister on October 31 from Mahathir Mohamad, who sparked an international outcry just weeks before his retirement by telling an Islamic conference that Jews rule the world by proxy.