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Bin Laden claims responsibility for Christmas plane bomb attempt

RIA Novosti


DUBAI, January 24 (RIA Novosti) - Al-Qaeda leader bin Laden claimed responsibility for the failed attack on a U.S. airliner on December 25 in a new audio message and vowed to carry out further attacks.

In an audio message aired on the Al Jazeera Arabic news channel, the world's most wanted man warned U.S. President Barack Obama that the recent bombing attack was a message similar to that of September 11 and new attacks would follow.

"The message I want to convey to you through the plane of the hero Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, reaffirms a previous message that the heroes of 9/11 conveyed to you," he said.

"America will never dream of security unless we have it in reality in Palestine," he said. "God willing, our attacks on you will continue as long as your support for the Israelis continues."

The authenticity of the video tape, however, has not been verified.

Nigerian national Abdulmutallab, 23, tried to blow up an A330 jet bound from Amsterdam to Detroit and carrying some 300 people on December 25. Subdued by passengers and the crew, he was detained upon arrival in Detroit.

Abdulmutallab had reportedly undergone training at an al-Qaeda camp in Yemen.

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