Subject: Al-Qa'ida Group Claims Responsibility for US, Canada Electricity Outage
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Subject: Al-Qa'ida Group Claims Responsibility for US, Canada Electricity
Al-Qa'ida Group Claims Responsibility for US, Canada
GMP20030818000073 London Al-Quds al-Arabi in Arabic 18
Aug 03 p4
[Unattributed report: "Al-Qa'ida Vows To Launch New
Attacks Against US Interests: Lightning Is Innocent in
the Electicity Outage and Bin Ladin Will Send Two
Gifts to Bush"]
[FBIS Translated Text]
London, Al-Quds al-Arabi-Following is the full
text of a statement that Al-Quds al-Arabi has received
from the Abu-Hafs al-Masri group in which it claims
responsibility for cutting off the electricity from US
and Canadian cities.
The lightening strike in the land of the false god
"If ye are suffering hardships, they are suffering
similar hardships." [Koranic verse]
Before we start this statement, we would like to
remind the Muslims that only five days after issuing
our second statement, the US enemy saw he had no
choice but to make an open admission through one of
the networks, the "One News" network. The latter
reported that Indonesian security sources, which it
refused to identify, confirmed that a group of US
Central Intelligence Agency, "CIA", agents were at the
Marriott Hotel for the purpose of taking part in the
secret investigations of the mujahidin prisoners and
that the explosion was timed to happen as this evil
group was leaving the hotel. This was what we said
in our statement, which demonstrates the credibility
of our statements. God is Great and praise be the
In implementation of the orders of the amir of the
mujahidin Usama Bin Ladin (may God protect him) to
strike at the US economy joints, the Abu-Hafs al-Masri
Brigades struck two important targets that feed
electricity to the entire eastern board of the United
States, including the cities that are the most
economically important ones for the United States and
Canada, the ally of the United States in the war on
Islam, (Toronto and New York) and the areas around
This blow cut off the electricity supplies to more
than 50 million persons. (For security reasons, we
cannot explain how the two sites were sabotaged
because, God willing, the mujahidin will need to use
the same creative way soon, God willing).
In implementation of the promise in a previous
statement by shaykh mujahid Usama Bin Ladin (may God
protect him) of a gift to the Iraqi people, here is
the gift coming to the Americans unexpectedly and
without being prepared for it. Let criminal Bush and
his gang know that the punishment is of the same
category as the action. The soldiers of God cut off
electricity from the mentioned cities and darkened the
lives of the Americans like the criminals darkened the
lives of the Muslim peoples in Iraq, Afghanistan, and
Palestine. The Americans lived a dark day that will
never be erased from their memory. They lived a day
of terror, panic, and fear. Let them know that the
punishment is of the same category as the action.
This action had a clear impact on this people who have
security organs on which they have spent from the
Americans' blood beyond imagination. The mentioned
cities lived in chaos and confusion. They were
looted like the caliphate capital Baghdad was looted.
Chaos prevailed like it did in Afghanistan and
Palestine. Let the Americans drink from the same
We heard weird things in the statements of the US
and Canadian enemy who has scientific universities
specializing in nuclear physics and space agencies,
etc. The so-called lightning destroyed these two
targets and we are supposed, out of obedience, to
believe this drivel. God knows that lightning and
thunderbolts are innocent of this as the wolf was
innocent of the blood of Jacob's son. Had the
electricity been cut off from one or two cities, then
their lie would have been acceptable to the general
public. But the reality proved that the electricity
outage covered the entire US eastern board and part of
Canada in full.
The benefits of this strike, and the media has
mentioned what we are going to say, include:
1. That the United States will not live in peace
until the conditions mentioned in the first and second
statements are met. These call for the release of
all prisoners, including the shaykh of the world Umar
Abd-al-Rahman, and the departure from the Muslims'
lands, including Jerusalem, the [Arabian] Peninsula,
2. It brought terror to their hearts, as they
are doing with the Muslims.
3. Electricity was cut off to 50 million
Americans and Canadians, causing financial and moral
losses. It is not only our brothers and sisters in
Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. who are suffering.
The American people should taste the same suffering.
4. It struck the US economy's principal
stronghold (the international stock market).
5. A message to the United Nations against
Islam, which made New York its headquarters.
[sentence as published]
6. A message to all investors that the United
States has become an unsafe country for their funds.
For information, the US economy relies totally on the
7. Seven major airports were shut down. This
is a blow to the airline companies.
8. Nine nuclear reactors were put out of action.
This has never happened before and is considered a
strong economic blow since these reactors are located
in the states of New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and
9. Transport was disrupted: Trains, cars,
trucks, etc., causing massive losses.
10. The Internet on which trade transactions
rely heavily was disrupted.
11. [Operations of] the international banks that
are based in New York were disrupted.
12. And the insurance companies' massive losses.
13. The losses resulting from the extensive
deployment of the police and security forces.
14. Economists have asserted that the
electricity outage in the United States and Canada is
going to cost the US treasury no less than $10
billion. To burn the US officials' hearts,
sabotaging the feeding system cost the mujahidin
$7,000. Stew in your own juices!!
15. The US dollar fell against the other
We tell the Muslims that this is not the
anticipated strike. This is just called a war of
skirmishes (to exhaust the enemy) and the big and huge
US snakes need to be exhausted and dispersed so as to
make their destruction easier.
We tell the people of Afghanistan and Kashmir that
shaykh mujahid Usama Bin Ladin's gift is on its way to
the White House and then will come the Al-Aqsa gift.
And what will make you realize what is the gift, when,
and where? The answer is what you will see!!
(On that day shall the believers rejoice -- with
the help of Allah. He helps whom He will, and He is
Exalted in Might, most Merciful). [Koranic verse]
The Abu-Hafs al-Masri Brigades (al-Qa'ida).
On Friday, 17 Jumada al-Ula 1424 Hegira,
corresponding to 15 August 2003.
[Description of Source: London Al-Quds al-Arabi in
Arabic -- London-based independent Arab nationalist
daily with an anti-US and anti-Saudi editorial line;
generally pro-Palestinian, pro-Iraqi regime, tends to
be sympathetic to Bin Ladin]