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Attack restaurants: Al Qaeda

world Updated: Oct 13, 2010 02:23 IST

Al Qaeda has called on American jihadis to carry out a terror attack on a crowded restaurant in Washington to massacre US government workers.

The terror threat was unearthed from the second edition of Al Qaeda's English-language magazine Inspire.

“A random hit at a crowded restaurant in Washington, DC, at lunch hour might end up knocking out a few government employees,” the New York Daily News quoted Yahya Ibrahim, as having written in the 74-page propaganda magazine.

“Targeting such employees is paramount and the location would give additional media attention,” he added.

According to a copy of the magazine obtained by the SITE intelligence group, Al Qaeda also urged those bent on murdering for Islam to use everything from pickup trucks to improvised pressure-cooker bombs to kill.

The trucks can be fashioned into “the ultimate mowing machine”, with steel blades welded to the grill to “mow down the enemies of Allah” by running down Americans on crowded sidewalks “to achieve maximum carnage” in a “martyrdom operation”.

“This method has not been used before,” advises Al Qaeda in its Tips for our brothers in the US. The magazine also features “exclusive” comments by radical cleric Anwar Awlaki on “The Mardin Declaration”, a condemnation of terrorism issued by Muslim scholars meeting in the Turkish city of Mardin.

Awlaki, who is now hiding in Yemen, has called the declaration a “disgrace” and “not worth the ink and the paper it's written on”.