Chirac security boosted after Al-Qaeda threat

25th February 2004, Comments 0 comments

BUDAPEST, Feb 24 (AFP) - Hungarian police had stepped up security for French President Jacques Chirac during a visit to Budapest following a threat from a member of the Al-Qaeda terror network, police said Tuesday after he had left Budapest.

BUDAPEST, Feb 24 (AFP) - Hungarian police had stepped up security for French President Jacques Chirac during a visit to Budapest following a threat from a member of the Al-Qaeda terror network, police said Tuesday after he had left Budapest.

"The republican guard strengthened security for Jacques Chirac after a member of Al-Qaeda threatened the French head of state," said Colonel Imre Kardos of the national police.

The move followed an inflammatory recording attributed to the Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri and broadcast by Al-Arabiya television, Kardos said.

"The latest decision by the French president to ban Muslims from covering their heads at school shows once again the grudge the western crusaders have against Islam," said Zawahiri, an Egyptian considered to be the deputy to Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, reportedly said.

"The headscarf ban in France falls in the same category as the torching of villages and their inhabitants in Afghanistan, the destruction of houses over the heads of their occupants in Palestine, the massacre of children and the theft of oil in Iraq," said the voice attributed to Zawahiri

Said Kardos: "Protection for the French president was already strengthened from the start, but when we have information about this threat, several hours before his departure, we took additional measures," Kardos said.

© AFP

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