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Videocassette Warns Of Suicide Attacks, Says Al-Qaida Active, Bin Laden Is Alive

An Arabic-speaking guerrilla, his face wrapped in a black turban, said the al-Qaida terror network was behind suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia and Morocco and warned of more attacks in a new videotape. If authentic, the video would be the first al-Qaida claim of responsibility for the bombings of foreign housing compounds in Riyadh, which killed 35 people, and the attacks in Casablanca that killed 43 people and 12 suicide bombers. The videotape was obtained by The Associated Press from a senior intelligence official for Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, an Afghan rebel leader allied with Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terror network and the Taliban. The man on the scratchy videocassette, who identified himself as Abu Haris Abdul Hakim, said he was speaking on behalf of al-Qaida, the Taliban and Hekmatyar’s Hezb-e-Islami organization. But he did not say either his nationality or his affiliation. “The recent attacks in Riyadh and Morocco were planned and they were part of our martyrdom operations. You will see such more attacks in the future,” he said. The intelligence official confirmed that the speaker on the tape was speaking for Hekmatyar’s party, which the official said was working with al-Qaida and the Taliban. Full Story

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