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Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for Djerba

Public Address
Part of Djerba synagogue bombing

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Means of CommunicationAudiotape
Issued June 23, 2002
Disseminated byAl-Jazeera
ParticipantsSulaiman Abu Ghaith
Narrative and Notes
ReliableAl-Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, in an audiotaped statement, claimed responsibliity for the organization in the April 2002 bombing of a synagogue in Tunisia that killed 19.

He also says Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri are alive and well.

Similar remarks, purportedly made by Abu Ghaith, had appeared days earlier on an Arabic-language Web site that issues daily updates on the war in Afghanistan. The tape and the Web site had some of the same quotes and statements, including that bin Laden would soon make a televised address to the Muslim world.

He said the following:

"I say 'Yes' to what American officials are saying ... that we are going to carry out attacks on America."

"I want to assure Muslims that Sheik Osama bin Laden ... is in good and prosperous health and all what is being rumored about his illness and injury in Tora Bora has no truth."

"I can say that 98 percent of the leadership of al-Qaida are safe and are running their affairs perfectly."

Abu Ghaith said al-Qaida still has "the capability to threaten America and execute such threats. The few coming days and months will prove to the whole world, Allah willing, the truth of what we are saying."

He called the Sept. 11 attacks a "great historic victory that broke the backs of the Americans, the strongest power in this world."

Of the Tunisia operation: "This is an operation that was carried out by the al-Qaida organization (by a man) ... who could not see his brothers in Palestine being killed, slaughtered, their blood spilled and honor violated and he looks around him and sees Jews in the city of Jerba wandering and enjoying and practicing their rituals at will."

Al-Qaida "is now monitoring, detecting and observing new American targets other than the targets previously monitored, which we will strike at in a period that is not long."
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