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Sunday, 11 November, 2001, 17:21 GMT
Bin Laden 'confesses to terrorism'
Smoke billows from the Twin Towers after they were attacked
Hijackers were "blessed by Allah", says Bin Laden
Osama Bin Laden has said the World Trade Centre's Twin Towers in New York were "legitimate targets", according to reports.

The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reports that the Saudi-born dissident made a video in which he said "history should be a witness that we are terrorists."

The paper claims to have seen a previously undisclosed video which has been circulating among his supporters.

He is said to claim that the pilots who hijacked the planes were "blessed by Allah to destroy America's economic and military landmarks".

Osama Bin Laden
Admits being a terrorist
Direct threats on the lives of UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush are also reported to have been made.

In the footage, that was accessed by The Sunday Telegraph in the Middle East on Saturday, Bin Laden is reported as saying: "The Twin Towers were legitimate targets; they were supporting US economic power.

"These events were great by all measurement. What was destroyed were not only the towers, but the towers of morale in that country."

Bin Laden stresses: "If avenging the killing of our people is terrorism then history should be a witness that we are terrorists.

"Yes, we kill their innocents and this is legal religiously and logically."

"Good terror"

The Sunday Telegraph reports Bin Laden as arguing: "The towers were supposed to be filled with supporters of the economical powers of the United States who are abusing the world.

"Those who talk about civilians should change their stand and reconsider their position. We are treating them like they treated us."

On film, Bin Laden reportedly claims that his group were practising "good terror". "There are two types of terror, good and bad. What we are practising is good terror. We will not stop killing them and whoever supports them."

The Sunday Telegraph says Bin Laden warned other nations such as Australia, Germany and Japan to stay out of the conflict.

On Mr Bush and Mr Blair, he says: "Bush and Blair don't understand anything but the power of force. Every time they kill us, we kill them, so the balance of terror can be achieved."

He called on all Muslims to join his campaign. "It is the duty of every Muslim to fight. Killing Jews is top priority."

The Sunday Telegraph says the video was believed to be intended as a rallying call to al-Qaeda members.

The disclosures follow apparent claims made by Bin Laden that he has nuclear weapons.

See also:

11 Nov 01 | South Asia
Bin Laden nuclear threat dismissed
18 Sep 01 | South Asia
Who is Osama Bin Laden?
10 Nov 01 | Americas
Residents move away from Ground Zero
02 Nov 01 | Americas
Face-off at Ground Zero
10 Nov 01 | Middle East
Terror war to dominate UN debate
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