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CAIRO (AP) – Al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden issued a new audio message claiming responsibility for the Christmas day bombing attempt in Detroit and vowed further attacks.
In a recording carried by the Al-Jazeera Arabic news channel, Bin Laden addressed President Barak Obama saying the attack was a message like that of Sept. 11 and more attacks against the U.S. would be forthcoming.
“The message delivered to you through the plane of the heroic warrior Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was a confirmation of the previous messages sent by the heroes of the Sept. 11,” he said.
“America will never dream of security unless we will have it in reality in Palestine,” he added. “God willing, our raids on you will continue as long as your support to the Israelis will continue.”
On Christmas Day, Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attemped to blow up the Northwest Airlines flight he was sitting on as it approached Detroit Metro Airport. But the bomb he was hiding in his underwear failed to explode.
Abdulmutallab told federal agents shortly afterward that he had been trained and instructed in the plot by al-Qaida operatives in Yemen.
There was no way to confirm the voice was actually that of Bin Laden, but it resembled previous recordings attributed to him.