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Al-Qaida-linked group owns up to Israel attack

world Updated: Sep 14, 2009 17:27 IST
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A Lebanon-based Al Qaida-linked group has claimed responsibility for last week's rocket attack on Israel, saying it was to avenge the Jewish state's "flagrant hostility" against Palestinians.

The Washington-based SITE Intelligence Group said on Monday the Battalions of Ziad Jarrah claimed, in a Web posting, it was behind Friday's rocket attack from Lebanon.

Al-Jarrah was one of the 19 suicide attackers that carried out the September 11 attacks in the US SITE, which monitors militant groups, says the communique was released Sunday by al-Fajr Media Center, which usually posts Al Qaida messages on the Web.

The rocket attack, the fourth against Israel this year from Lebanon, prompted Israeli artillery fire. There were no reports of casualties from either sides.