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Al Qaeda claims responsibility for London attacks

[JURIST] Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility [Aljazeera report] for the July 7 London bombings [JURIST news archive], according to a video broadcast Thursday afternoon on Arab television channel Al-Jazeera. The video included statements from al Qaeda second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Mohammad Sidique Khan, one of the suicide bombers in the attack. Khan said that the attacks were in response to the "crimes against humanity" carried out by Western governments and al-Zawahiri said that the terror attack was meant to be a "slap" to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's policies. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Service [official website] said it will consider the tape as part of the ongoing investigation. AP has more.

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