Al Qaeda warns of 'unbearable hell'
Published: 6 November 2004
DUBAI: A group linked to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network threatened the US with reprisals after the re-election of President George W Bush, warning of "unbearable hell", in a website statement yesterday.
"The coming days will show you that the one you preferred will lead you to an unbearable hell," said the group calling itself the Abu Hafs Al Masri Brigades after the Al Qaeda military chief killed in Afghanistan in October 2001.
It was not possible to immediately verify the statement.
The same group claimed responsibility for the train bombings in Madrid in March this year that killed 191 people in Spain's worst attack and injured another 1,900.
"Although the criminal Bush has spilt blood of Muslims during the last four years and despite the butcheries that he committed and continues to perpetrate in Afghanistan, in Palestine and in Iraq, we see that... the applause of his people is increasing," it said.
"This shows the nature of the American people who approved the war against Islam led by criminal America," it added.
The statement comes after a video message from Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden - broadcast just days ahead of the US election - warned the US of new attacks similar to those of September 11, 2001 that killed more than 3,000 people and were claimed by the network.
In the first appearance of Bin Laden for over a year, the Al Qaeda leader accused Bush of "misleading" the American people and of being negligent during the attacks, saying that the "reasons to repeat what happened" still remained.
Bush beat his rival Democrat John Kerry to win a second term in office after a campaign where national security proved a dominant issue.
The new message from the Abu Hafs Al Masri Brigades said it was of no consequence which of the candidates won the election and appeared to threaten new attacks on the US within the "next days".
"The re-election of the criminal Bush, who is no different from the other leaders of this country who have devoted their efforts to killing Muslims everywhere in the world, will not dissuade the mujahideen from striking the head of the line of infidelity," it said.
"Bush and Kerry are two sides of the same coin. Both have a dark history that will never be erased. It is the American people who will take the consequences of the politics of its president over the next four years.
"The next days will show that your support of the criminal will not bring you security and will not prevent the mujahideen from hurting you where you are. The next days will prove this."
In his first pre-election Press conference on Thursday after his resounding election victory, Bush vowed to "defeat the terrorists and to encourage freedom and democracy as alternatives to tyranny and terror."
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