Monday, September 12, 2005

Power outage in LA after al Qaeda threat

Four years after the 9/11 attack, and another terror video surfaces. This time from a wanted individual Adam Gadahn. In his speech broadcast on ABC News he said, "Yesterday, London and Madrid. Tomorrow, Los Angeles and Melbourne, God willing?" [Courier Mail]
Melbourne may not be seeing anything unusual since the message was broadcast [11/09/2005-ABC News], but today Los Angeles was hit by widespread electrical outages. Several hours ago at around 12:30 PDT, many parts of LA were hit by the blackout. Foul play was ruled out, with water and electricity officials saying it was "more of an equipment issue". [Market Watch / CNN ] The timing however is of significance in that several claims have been made before with regards to previous power outages in the US in August 2003[BBC / BBC], Canada, London - UK [BBC] , and Italy in September 2003 [BBC]. A communiqué attributed to Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the power blackout that happened in the U.S. in August 2003, saying that the brigades of Abu Hafs Al Masri had hit two main power plants supplying the East of the U.S., as well as major industrial cities in the U.S. and Canada, 'its ally in the war against Islam (New York and Toronto) and their neighbors.' These claims and other similar statements have been dismissed by authorities ['World']. The Abu_Hafs_al-Masri_Brigade has made many claims for terrorist attacks, some later disproved as even being terror attacks.
[23:32 GMT 12/09/2005]

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