in Europe claims responsibility for blasts
Mark Tran and Donald MacLeod
Thursday July 7, 2005
A group called The Secret Organisation of al-Qaida in Europe today said it carried out the series of blasts in
The group's statement appeared on a website
popular with Islamic militants, according to Elaph, a
secular Arabic-language news website, and Der Spiegel
The statement, which also threatened attacks
The authenticity of the message could not be
immediately confirmed, but al-Qaida in Europe also
claimed responsibility for the last major terror attack in Europe: a string of
bombs that hit commuter trains in
The group appeared to boast that it had spent some time planning the attack.
"We have repeatedly warned the British government and people. We have fulfilled our promise and carried out our blessed military raid in Britain after our Mujahideen exerted strenuous efforts over a long period of time to ensure the success of the raid," the website posting read.
Michael Clarke, director of the Centre for Defence Studies at King's College,
The fact that
"It will have been quite a big plot and months in the planning," said Prof Clarke, who declined to speculate who was behind the attacks at this stage.
The danger of further explosions during the day could not be ruled out, he added. "The way to really bring a city to a halt is to explode some more bombs when the rescue services are running around."
Last month, Ken Jones, the chairman of the
Association of Chief Police Officers' terrorism committee and chief constable
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