After Danish embassy, Al Qaeda threatens Norway

June 5th, 2008 - 9:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, June 5 (IANS) Al Qaeda, which Thursday claimed responsibility for Monday’s bombing of the Danish Embassy in Pakistan, is now making threats against Norway as well, news reports quoted here said. Norway’s newspaper Aftenposten in its web bulletin said Al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, has also threatened Norway of dire consequences for publishing caricatures of Prophet Mohammed.

However, a Pakistan television channel, quoting an unnamed spokesman of Pakistan’s Taliban, said they had no knowledge of the attack and no one from Pakistan was involved, the report said.

Earlier in a written bulletin, available on different websites, the Al Qaeda leader said that it carried out the terrorist attack on the Danish Embassy in Islamabad.

The bombing killed eight people, injured 35 and also caused extensive damage in the area including the residence of the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan. The blast also shattered the windows of the Norwegian Embassy, which is located just a few hundred metres from the Danish mission.

The attack was a reprisal against a Danish newspaper’s publication of caricatures depicting Prophet Mohammed wearing a bomb-shaped turban.

Muslims around the world were offended and there were violent demonstrations. A Norwegian magazine had later reprinted the drawings.

Al-Yazid claimed that more attacks have been planned and the targets will be embassies and diplomatic personnel from countries that published the caricatures.

IntelCenter, an American intelligence organization that monitors Al Qaeda messages, said Norway, the US and all European Union member countries were most at risk of terrorist attacks.

Norway’s embassy in Pakistan closed immediately after Monday’s bombing to repair the damage and assess its security.

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