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Osama planning ‘26/11’ in Europe

world Updated: Oct 01, 2010 23:48 IST
Osama bin-Laden

World’s most wanted terrorist Osama bin-Laden is masterminding an unfolding plot to launch Mumbai-style attacks on European cities and top US officials have told Islamabad that LeT and Haqqani network are working on the plan with Al Qaeda.

Bin-Laden believed deep in hiding in the tribal areas of Pakistan used couriers to send messages to Al Qaeda affiliates and partners several months ago, telling them he would like to see a Mumbai-style attack on at least three strategic targets — the UK, Germany and France, the US National Public Radio (NPR) said citing American officials.

The radio said gunmen planned to fire at busy European tourist sites and take over hotels in a plot that would mark a new style of attack for Al Qaeda.

Osama new tape

Osama bin Laden has expressed concern about global climate change and flooding in Pakistan, in an audiotape aired on the Internet, his first public remarks since March, a monitoring group said on Friday.

“The number of victims caused by climate change is very big... bigger than the victims of wars,” said the voice, whose authenticity could not be immediately verified and was made available by SITE Intelligence Group.

“Providing tents, food and medicine is a duty... but the disasters (facing many Muslim countries) are much bigger than what is being offered.

“Action should not be confined to providing emergency aid... but to set up a capable relief task force that has the knowledge and experience need to” meet the challenges.