Second Islamic Group Claims London Bombs
By SALAH NASRAWI
Associated Press Writer
July 9, 2005, 10:04 AM EDT
CAIRO, Egypt -- An Islamic Web site posted a statement
purporting to be from an al-Qaida-linked group
Saturday in which it claimed responsibility for the
bombings that killed at least 49 people in London and
promised more attacks in the city it described as the
"capital of the infidels."
The claim purportedly from the Abu Hafs al Masri
Brigade was logged on an Islamic Web site where
similar claims for responsibility have appeared in the
past. The statement's authenticity could not be
Experts say the group has no proven history of attacks
and said it had claimed responsibility for events in
which it was unlikely to have played any role, such as
the 2003 blackouts in the United States and London
that resulted from technical problems. In recent
months it has also made threats that its operatives
would strike in Europe if countries there did not
withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.
"Our words have not gone with the wind and our strikes
have not stopped. Thanks to God, a group of Mujahedeen
from the Abu Hafs al Masri Brigades launched strike
after strike in the capital of the Kufr, the
infidels," the statement said.
"Blessed is this conquest. The coming days will show a
greater expression of jihad (holy war) against those
who declared war against Islam and Muslims," it said.
"We will not keep quiet or stay idle until Islam is
safe in the lands of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine."
The statement was posted on a Web site run by Mohammad
al-Masaari, a well known Saudi Islamic activist living
in exile in London.
Another group, calling itself The Secret Organization
of al-Qaida in Europe issued a claim of responsibility
for the London attacks on Thursday, hours after the
blasts ripped through the London underground and one
Mideast experts on radical Islamic groups also took
issue with the group's authenticity, saying the
language it used was not "Islamic."
The group's statement opened with an address to "the
Nation of Islam and the Nation of Arabism to rejoice
for vengeance over the Zionist Crusader government of
The authenticity of the first claim was disputed by
Islamic expert Mishari al-Thaidi in an essay published
Saturday in the London-based Asharq Al Awsat
"What strikes attention here is addressing the Arab
nation. The Jihadists have never recognized Arab
nationalism," al-Thaidi said. "This is close to
pan-Arab or Baathist terminology."
Others say the reference might be have been a
deliberate attempt to mislead British and European
counterterrorism teams by suggesting Arabs and not
Muslims of other nationalities were behind the
Both groups claim to have been behind the bombs on
commuter trains in Madrid in March 2004 which killed
The Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades are named for the alias
of Mohammed Atef, Osama bin Laden's top deputy who was
killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan in November
On April 15 last year bin Laden warned that al-Qaida
would hit in Europe if the European nations did not
withdraw from Iraq. He offered a three month "truce"
to European countries in a tape broadcast on Arab