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No 10 details terror attack list
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The list relates to attacks linked to al-Qaeda and Bin Laden
Downing Street has published a list of "significant terrorist attacks" linked to al-Qaeda since the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993.

The list details attacks covering a huge number of countries, including those on the Yemen, Kenya and Turkey.

The BBC's Carole Walker said it was a reminder that attacks were being carried out before British military action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The list said some of the attacks were directly linked to Osama Bin Laden.

Others were linked to al-Qaeda leaders, but many were conducted by terrorists "inspired by al-Qaeda", a foreword to the list says.

But there is no mention of attacks on Afghanistan or Iraq.

'Thousands of victims'

Prime Minister Tony Blair told MPs in the Commons that the list would be published to show such attacks affected many countries and stretched back many years.

"Virtually from 1993 onwards, and the attack on the World Trade Center then, I think people are able to see this is a process that now stretches back many years. It encompasses many different countries. It has had thousands of people as victims," he said.

"What is heartening is that there is a sense in the international community and the Muslim world that this does have to be taken on."

Downing Street are clearly trying to make the point that these attacks were being carried out by Islamic extremists well before the military action in Afghanistan or Iraq
Carole Walker
BBC

The list shows that six people were killed and over 1,000 injured in the first World Trade Center attack on 26 February, 1993.

It mentions how 70 people were killed in Luxor, Egypt in 1997 when gunmen attacked tourists, and more than 200 died and thousands were injured when truck bombs attacked US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania the following year.

It also mentions the attacks on 9/11 which claimed the lives of more than 3,000 people when hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.

The London bombings are the final entry on the list, which killed at least 52 people and injured 700.

Political correspondent Carole Walker said there was nothing new in the list.

Counter attack?

"But what it is doing is it's reminding us of the different terrorist attacks, many of them linked to al-Qaeda or indeed to Bin Laden, going back to 1993 with the first attack on the World Trade Centre, eight years before 9/11," she said.

She added: "It does of course cover a huge number of countries ... where terrorist attacks have been carried out.

"Downing Street are clearly trying to make the point that these attacks were being carried out by Islamic extremists well before the military action in Afghanistan or Iraq."

She said Number 10 was "trying to counter the suggestion that by going to war with Iraq, Tony Blair has somehow made the British people more likely to be attacked".


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