posted on May, 19 2004 @ 01:26 AM
An Al Qaeda group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has claimed responsibility for the death of Ezzedine Salim, the Iraq Governing Council president killed
yesterday in a car bombing in Baghdad.
Jama'at al-Tawhid and Jihad, headed by the apparently elusive Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, stated on an Islamic website just hours ago that their operative
Abu Salama al-Hegazy, a national of Saudi Arabia, carried out the suicide bombing.
The statement said: "Another lion from the Jama'a al-Tawhid and Jihad has removed the rotten head of those who betray God and sell their religion
to the Americans and their allies. This operation announces to Muslims everywhere that the mujahideen, with their people in Iraq, are continuing and
determined to lift the humiliation from our nation."
There has been no official determination of the statement's authenticity.
To further compound the situation, another - hitherto unknown - group posted an internet claim of responsibility. The "Arab Resistance
Movement/al-Rashid Brigades" issued a statement on an Iraqi website indicating they had carried out the assassination. There is speculation that
this group may be a cover for the Jama'at al-Tawhid and Jihad group.
Seven people, including Salim, died in the blast.
In March 2004, a statement from a group calling itself "Leadership of the Allahu Akbar Mujahedeen" claimed al-Zarqawi was killed in Iraq. US
officials have denied the claim.
Who is Abu Zarqawi?
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[Edited on 19-5-2004 by Banshee]