Al-Qaeda Claims Responsibility for London Attacks on Internet
Bloomberg | July 7, 2005
A group calling itself the al-Qaeda Organization in Europe claimed responsibility for a series of bombings across London today, in a statement posted on an Islamist Web site.
``The time has come for the revenge from crusading Zionist nation of Britain,'' the group said in the statement which couldn't be authenticated.
The attacks are ``a response to the massacres carried out by Britain in Iraq and Afghanistan.
``The heroic Mujahedeen carried out a blessed raid in London. Britain is now burning with fear, terror and fright from the north to the south, east and west.
``We warned the British government and the British people again and again.
``We have fulfilled our promise and carried out a blessed military raid in Britain after hard efforts carried out by heroic Mujahedeen. The efforts went on for a long time, guaranteeing success
``We still warn the governments of Denmark, Italy and all the Crusader governments that they will meet the same fate if they don't pull their forces out of Iraq and Afghanistan.''
The statement, posted on the al-Saha web site, is dated today and is signed by the secret Organization of al-Qaeda in Europe.
Group lays claim to blasts
'Al Qaeda in Europe' warns other nations
CNN | July 7, 2005
LONDON, England (CNN) -- A previously unknown group calling itself the "Secret Organization Group of al Qaeda of Jihad in Europe" has released a statement claiming responsibility for the subway and bus bombings in London.
CNN could not confirm the authenticity of the statement, which was posted Thursday on a Web site connected to Islamic radicals.
The statement said Islam and "Arabism" could "rejoice for it is time to take revenge from the British Zionist Crusader government in retaliation for the massacres Britain is committing in Iraq and Afghanistan."
"The heroic mujahideen have carried out a blessed raid in London," the statement said, translated from Arabic.
"Britain is now burning with fear, terror and panic in its northern, southern, eastern and western quarters. We have repeatedly warned the British Government and people."
The statement said the group had carried out the attack after exerting "strenuous efforts over a long period of time to ensure its success."
"We continue to warn the governments of Denmark and Italy and all the Crusader governments that they will be punished in the same way if they do not withdraw their troops from Iraq and Afghanistan," it said. "He who warns is excused."