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Al-Qaeda is back, officials warn after a week of bloody attacks

The al-Qaeda network is back — slimmed-down, more agile and dangerous as ever, officials warned as nations worldwide boosted security after a week in which suicide attacks on two continents left scores dead. Osama bin Laden’s international network has reorganized, found new means of financing and could be planning more attacks in Africa, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, German BND intelligence service said in a report published Sunday. The sentiment was echoed in reports in the United States and followed a week when similar warnings prompted alarmed governments around the world to issue terror and travel advisories and to boost security measures. The warning also capped a week during which suicide strikes on western targets in Saudi Arabia and Morocco killed nearly 80 people. Officials have blamed al-Qaeda for the Riyadh bombing on an expatriate compound that killed 38 on Monday, and Rabat has said “an international network” was behind Friday’s attacks in Morocco’s commercial hub Casablanca that killed 41. A new generation of militants was now leading al-Qaeda, which killed around 3,000 people in its most spectacular strike on September 11, 2001 in the United States, the BND report said. Full Story

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