WASHINGTON (AFP) Oct 13, 2005
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on Thursday fueled a rumor that explosives, not Hurricane Katrina, broke New Orleans' dikes and flooded poor African American neighborhoods.
"A member of the Army Corps of Engineers saw burn marks on the concrete," Farrakhan told reporters, describing an e-mail he had received.
"They found two types of explosives used by the military," he said, without naming the source, adding that an eight-meter (25-foot) crater had been blown in the dike.
Farrakhan said locals had reported sounds of explosions, among other things, leading him to believe the rumors should be investigated.
"Wickedness exists in high places," he said. "The duty of the government is to prove the rumor to be false or that these suspicions are true."
The Chicago-based Nation of Islam is an offshoot of Islam. Farrakhan has earned headlines with controversial statements about Jews and homosexuals.
He also attacked the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross.
"FEMA is insensitive, there are not enough blacks high up. The Red Cross, too. It's too white, it is! Racism poisoned the bloodstream of politics," he said.
"Don't think it's non existent in the Red Cross or FEMA," he said.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.