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Monday, 15 April, 2002, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
Text of 11 September hijacker's statement
Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama Bin Laden
Al-Zawahiri: "Enjoying victory"
Qatari satellite TV channel Al-Jazeera has broadcast a tape showing one of the 11 September hijackers, reading his last will and testament.

The channel identifies the hijacker as Ahmad al-Haznawi.

The channel also aired a brief clip of Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama Bin Laden's right-hand man, praising the actions of the bombers.

The following is the text of both statements:

Al-Haznawi's "will"

We left our families to send a message, which has the colour of blood, to reach the whole world: the friends and enemies, the near and far, the lofty and humiliated, the honest and the collaborator.

It is time to kill the Americans in their own backyard, among their sons and near their forces and intelligence

Ahmad al-Haznawi
This message says: O Allah, take from our blood today until you are satisfied. O Allah, do not make a grave for our bodies, nor soil to be buried in, nor a tomb to cover them, so that, on the Day of Judgement, they will be blessed with an eternal Paradise - blessed be its Builder.

The message says: The time of humiliation and slavery is over.

It is time to kill the Americans in their own backyard, among their sons and near their forces and intelligence.

It is time to prove to the whole world that the United States of America has worn a garment, which was not originally made for it, when it merely thought about facing or resisting the mujahideen.

The United States is nothing but propaganda and a huge mass of false statements and exaggeration. The purpose of this propaganda was to make the United States big in the eyes of the world. What it wanted has happened.

However, the truth is what you saw. We killed them outside their land, praise be to Allah. Today, we kill them in the midst of their own home.

O Allah, revive an entire nation by our deaths. O Allah, I sacrifice myself for your sake, accept me as a martyr. O Allah, I sacrifice myself for your sake, accept me as a martyr. O Allah, I sacrifice myself for your sake, accept me as a martyr.

To the Garden of Eden, our first house. We shall meet in the eternal Paradise with the prophets, honest people, martyrs and righteous people. They are the best of companions. Praise be to Allah. Allah's peace, mercy and blessings be upon you.

Al-Zawahiri praises 'victory'

This great victory, which was achieved, is due, in fact, to the grace of Allah alone. It was not due to our skilfulness or superiority, but it is due to Allah's blessing alone.

Allah Almighty grants His mercy to whoever He wants. Allah looks into the hearts of His slaves and chooses from them those who are qualified to win His grace, mercy and blessings.

Those 19 brothers, who left [their homes], made efforts and offered their lives for Allah's cause - Allah has favoured them with this conquest, which we are enjoying now.

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

Hiwa Osman on Radio 5 Live
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