Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Bombed the Spanish Trains, Claims Al Qaeda

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Bombed the Spanish Trains, Claims Al Qaeda

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Byline: By Mark Sage

Bin Laden's backers say they killed 198 and warn of new massive attack on America

A group claiming responsibility for the Madrid trains massacre has warned that the USA is on the verge of another deadly terror attack.

Bombs hidden in backpacks exploded yesterday morning in quick succession, blowing apart four commuter trains, killing at least 198 people and wounding more than 1,400.

Spain blamed Basque separatists, but an Arab group claimed responsibility in the name of al Qaeda, for the worst terror attack in Spain's history. The group said plans to strike America with a black wind of death were 90% complete.

The warning was sent in a letter to the London's Arabic newspaper, Al Quds, by The Brigade of Abu Hafs al-Masri.

The letter said: "We announce the good news for the Muslims in the world that the strike of the black wind of death, the expected strike against America, is now at its final stage - 90% ready - and it is coming soon, by God's will.

"The faithful will be happy for God's victory," it added.

The editor of Al Quds, Abdel Bari Atwan, said he believed the claim of responsibility was genuine.

"In the past, the same organisation sent us similar letters. They claimed responsibility for the attacks against Italian troops in Iraq and also for other attacks in Istanbul against the British consulate," he said.

"It is the routine of this kind of organisation to send these e-mails."

Some terrorism experts say this is just a tactic to terrorise the American people, whether it is true or not.

There have been several threats recently, all claiming the US was on the brink of a doomsday-type assault.

In the US, The Department of Homeland Security, established after the September 11 attacks, now assesses the threat level as yellow on a five-point scale, which runs from green (low) to blue (guarded), yellow (elevated), orange (high) and red (severe). …

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