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CIA suicide bomber calls for jihad against Jordan

A Jordanian double-agent who blew himself up in Afghanistan, killing seven CIA officers, called for jihad against his homeland in a video made before his death in the suicide attack, monitors said today.

world Updated: Feb 28, 2010 23:11 IST

A Jordanian double-agent who blew himself up in Afghanistan, killing seven CIA officers, called for jihad against his homeland in a video made before his death in the suicide attack, monitors said today.

Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi accused Jordan of being behind the death of two top militant leaders, according to the report by IntelCenter, a US group that monitors Islamist websites.

"There is no solution to the situation in Jordan other than mobilising to the land of jihad to learn the arts of war and train in them, then return to Jordan and begin operations," Balawi was quoted as saying.

"Kill them with knives and swords. Lure them, trick them, use their own methods against them, use counter-intelligence," he said.

The Jordanian intelligence service, believing Balawi to be their agent, brought him to Pakistan with the mission of spying on militants there.

On December 30, he blew himself up at a meeting on Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost province in Afghanistan, killing the seven US intelligence officers and his Jordanian handler.

In the video, Balawi accused Jordan of involvement in the killing of a top Al-Qaeda leader and a Hezbollah commander, IntelCenter reported.

"The Jordanian intelligence apparatus is the one that provided the Americans with sensitive data about the location of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi," Balawi said, adding, "they are the ones who killed" him.