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Possible bin Laden statement on Limburg

Public Address
Part of Limburg oil tanker attacked

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Means of CommunicationWritten statement
SubjectLimburg attack
Issued Oct. 14, 2002
Disseminated byAl-Jazeera
ParticipantsOsama bin Laden
Narrative and Notes
ReliableAl-Jazeera receives a new statement that appears to have been signed by Osama bin Laden. It makes reference to recent events, suggesting he is alive (but the signature could have been a cut-and-paste job). It also appears on a web site assoicated with al-Qaida. It praises recent attacks in Yemen and Kuwait.

"We congratulate our Islamic community on the bold, heroic holy war that was executed by its sons of the faithful holy warriors in Yemen against a crusader oil tanker and in Kuwait against the invading and occupying American troops.

"By exploding the oil tanker in Yemen, the holy warriors hit the umbilical cord and lifeline of the crusader community, reminding the enemy of the heavy cost of blood and the gravity of losses they will pay as a price for their continued aggression on our community and looting of our wealth."

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