Al Jazeera says Bin Ladin claims Dec. 25 US plane attempt in audiotape
Al Jazeera television said it will air a new voice recording of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
A purported audio tape of Osama bin Laden aired on Al Jazeera television claimed responsibility for a Dec. 25 attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound plane, and the al Qaeda leader vowed to continue attacks on the United States.
Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is charged with attempting to blow up a Delta Airlines plane as it approached Detroit on a flight from Amsterdam with almost 300 people on board
"The message sent to you with the attempt by the hero Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is a confirmation of our previous message conveyed by the heroes of Sept. 11," bin Laden said on the tape, aired on Sunday.
"If it was possible to carry our messages to you by words we wouldn't have carried them to you by planes."
The Yemen-based regional wing of al Qaeda has said it was behind the Dec. 25 attempt to blow up the plane as it approached Detroit.
On Sunday's audiotape, bin Laden cited Washington's support for Israel as the motivator for more attacks on the United States, and vowed not to stop so long as Palestinians cannot live in peace.
"Our attacks against you will continue as long as U.S. support for Israel continues," bin Laden said. "It is not fair that Americans should live in peace as long as our brothers in Gaza live in the worst conditions."
Reuters Last Mod: 24 Ocak 2010, 15:25