Al-Qaeda affiliate claims parcel bomb plot, UPS attack: SITE
A Yemen-based Al-Qaeda affiliate has claimed responsibility for a plot to send parcel bombs to the United States and for the September downing of a UPS cargo plane, the monitoring website SITE said Friday.
The SITE monitoring group said the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) group posted the message on "jihadist" web forums, and called for more explosive parcels to "enlarge the circle of its application to include civilian aircraft in the West as well as cargo aircraft."
The message said that a bomb planted by the group downed a jumbo jet belonging to US delivery giant UPS near Dubai airport, and that authorities had kept the cause of the crash quiet.
"We downed the plane belonging to the American UPS company, but because the media of the enemy did not attribute responsibility for this work to us we kept quiet about the operation until the time came that we hit again," the message said.
It added that following the crash, it placed two additional bombs on flights operated by UPS and FedEx.
"We wonder: Why did the enemy not show what happened to the UPS plane that was downed?" the message said.
"Is it because the enemy was not able to detect the cause of the crash, or that the Obama administration wanted to hide the incident... We say to (US President Barack) Obama: We struck three blows to your aircraft within one year. Allah willing, we will continue to strike blows against American interests and the interest of America's allies."
© 2010 AFP