The videotape that threw western intelligence services into a spin yesterday was found in a rubbish bin near a large, gleaming, Saudi-financed mosque that has links to al-Qaida. The tape showed a man purporting to be al-Qaida’s commander in Europe claiming responsibility for the Madrid bombings and issuing a chilling threat of further attacks against western targets. “You love life and we love death,” he said. Although the Spanish government yesterday called for caution in accepting the authenticity of the tape, suspicion over those responsible for the bombings shifted from the Basque separatist guerrillas Eta to al-Qaida. That view was shared by a British security source who said: “The wind is blowing in one direction.” Full Story
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