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19 May 2010 :: 10:05:45 am 20902

World Cup Bomb Plot Exposed by Detained Saudi Militant

The alleged al-Qaida militant detained in Iraq over plans to bomb several sites at this year's World Cup in South Africa stated that the idea had not been approved by the al-Qaida hierarchy. The plan, which was allegedly only mentioned amongst friends and low level leaders, had aimed at targeting the Danish and Dutch national teams and their fans but had never truly reach an organisational level.
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Baghdad, the 19th of May 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: It is believed that Al-Qaida had focused their attention on the Danish and Dutch national teams and their fans in a belated revenge attack for 12 insulting comics, posted in a Danish newspaper, in regards to the Prophet Muhammad. The incident involving the publishing of the offensive cartoons occurred in 2006.

The detained man, a Saudi national, Abdullah Azam Saleh al-Qahtani explained that he had been recruited by al-Qaida in 2004 to help in the fight against US forces in Iraq. An unnamed official stated that al-Qahtani had been arrested after the successful operation which led to the death of the top two Iraq based al-Qaida figures, Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi.

In the resultant search, details were found in the house of a plan detailing an attack proposed for this years World Cup in South Africa. The plans had been signed by al-Qahtani which led to his subsequent arrest on May 3rd. Iraqi authorities only made the incident public on Monday the 17th of May.

“We discussed the possibility of taking revenge for the insults of the prophet by attacking Denmark and Holland. The goal was to attack the Danish and the Dutch teams and their fans. If we were not able to reach the teams, then we’d target the fans,” al-Qahtani said, adding that they hoped to use guns and car bombs. He also revealed that the plot would still have needed approval by the al-Qaida chain of command, specifically the groups No.2 Ayman al-Zawahri, before anything could have been organised.

Al-Qahtani, who had been captured by US forces in 2007 and held at Camp Bucca in Iraq, stated that upon his release in 2009 he had devised the idea to bomb the World Cup with ‘some friends’ after they had viewed some Western media publications which were deemed offensive to all Muslims. Al-Qahtani stated that the World Cup was targeted for a revenge attack as it was considered a lot easier to access than either of the two offending European countries, Denmark and Holland.

South African authorities and tournament organisers have still been kept in the dark over the incidents, claiming that the only correspondence they have had is through the international media coverage of the story.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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