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Saturday, 18 May, 2002, 16:41 GMT 17:41 UK
Al-Qaeda 'responsible' for Tunisia blast
Inside La Ghriba synagogue
The synagogue attack had been linked to al-Qaeda before
Al-Qaeda was responsible for last month's attack on a Tunisian synagogue which killed 19 people, a man described as an al-Qaeda commander has been quoted as saying.

A London-based Arab newspaper, Asharq al-Awsat, said it had interviewed Abdelazeem al-Mohajer near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on an undisclosed date.

The network is preparing to make a new, more painful strike against the Americans

Abdelazeem al-Mohajer
Abdelazeem al-Mohajer told the newspaper that the bomber, Nizar Nouar, was a member of al-Qaeda and was one of many in the organisation scattered all over the globe.

Israeli, US and German officials had earlier raised the possibility of an al-Qaeda link to the attack in the resort of Djerba.

Fourteen German tourists were among the dead.

Tunisian officials initially said the explosion of a fuel truck outside the synagogue was an accident.

But they later agreed with Germany that it was a planned attack, and said the lorry had been deliberately detonated by the driver who died in the blast.


Abdelazeem al-Mohajer - described by the newspaper as an al-Qaeda leader - was quoted as saying the attack on the Ghriba synagogue proved to the US that its military campaign had not defeated Osama Bin Laden's organisation.

He warned the US of more such strikes.

"The network is preparing to make a new, more painful strike against the Americans," he is quoted as saying.

"Our network is not confined to a single spot on this earth. We are scattered all over the globe."

He added that Osama Bin Laden and Taleban leader Mullah Omar were both still alive.

See also:

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