Monday, August 18, 2003

US/Canada: group linked to al Qaeda claims responsibility for blackout

Note: Just to make it clear ... I don't believe this story!

Interesting story ... here's my summary.

On Monday, the London based al-Hayat newspaper ran this story saying that they had received a communique from a group, Al-Qa'ida's Abu Hafs Brigades, claiming responsibility for the blackout.

In the communique, Al-Qa'ida's Abu Hafs Brigades characterized the blackouts as "a gift" from Osama bin Laden. They also called the operation ... "Operation Quick Lightning in the Land of the Tyrant of this Generation".

The US based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) says they went to this page and found the communique, which they partially translated here (they also provide excerpts from the al-Hayat story).

According to MEMRI, this is the third communique issued by the group on the same website. In the first communique, they accepted responsibility for the downing of an airplane in Kenya. In the second, they accepted responsibility for the August 5 bombing of the Marriot hotel in Jakarta.

Story first found via Drudge.