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Al Qaeda in N Africa issues new threats

world Updated: Sep 23, 2008 15:26 IST
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The Al Qaeda terror network in North Africa has issued new threats against Western targets, a US terrorism monitoring service said.

"Unite around the jihad that is the only alternative power to the apostate regimes that dominate over our lands," Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, leader of Al Qaeda in the region, said in a 28-minute new video on the Internet, the US-based SITE Intelligence Group said on Monday.

Wadud slammed governments in Mauritania, Algeria and other North African countries, claiming that Mauritania has become "a nest of foreign intelligence".

Wadud's group has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks in Algeria, including a spate of bombings in July and August.

The group has also been blamed for an ambush on a Mauritanian patrol last week after which the decapitated bodies of 12 Mauritanians were found.