Al-Qaeda denies alleged World Cup plot

2010-05-25 11:32

Al-Qaeda denied involvement in an alleged plot targeting 2010 Fifa

World Cup events in South Africa, al-Qaeda in Iraq said.

Earlier this month, Iraq said it arrested a Saudi army officer for

previous attacks and for involvement in an alleged al-Qaeda plot targeting this

year’s World Cup in South Africa.

“We deny this news altogether,” read the statement published today

on Islamist websites, “no one thought their imagination and ambitions would go

as far as Johannesburg especially after the liars of Baghdad, and their loyal

media, failed in polishing their pathetic security bodies.”

Saudi Colonel Azzam al-Qahtani, also known as Sanan al-Saudi, was

al-Qaeda’s security chief in Baghdad, Iraqi officials have said.

They added that he was accused of conspiring with another detained

al-Qaeda member in planning attacks on the World Cup events in South

Africa, which begin next month, in co-operation with Ayman al-Zawahiri,

al-Qaeda’s second-in-command.

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