Thursday, July 29, 2004

Abu Hafes Al Masri Brigades Threaten Europe , Italy

Reuters carry two reports on the latest statement to come out of what is perceived to be Al Qaeda's European branch, the Abu Hasef Al Masri brigades. In it, they vow 'bloody war' on Europe, after Europe declined earlier to take up Al Qaeda on its truce offer.

"Today, we have declared a bloody war on you and we will not stop raids against you until you return to the correct path," said the statement signed by Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades and posted on an Islamist Web site, which has carried previous statements from the group.

"After the truce determined by our sheik Osama bin Laden ended, and after you have not returned to the correct path, we declare a war in your faces and in the face of your silent people whose silence proves their support to you," it added.
The second statement relates to their first presumed target, Silvio Berlusconi's Italy:
"We will shake the cities of Europe and we will start with you Berlusconi, and we will make it bloody until you return to the correct path. Wait for us Berlusconi and your other allies as well, wait for our promise which we have revealed to you and are now revealing to Europe," said the statement signed by Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades and posted on an Islamist Web site.