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Al-Qaeda threatens to attack Denmark and Netherlands teams
Abdullah Saleh Azam al-Qahtani, a member of Al-Qaeda, was detained in Iraq for planning an attack on the Denmark and Netherlands teams during the 2010 World Cup, as a form of retaliation for the “insults” against the Prophet Mohammad.
By: Gil Santos
In recent years, controversial TV episodes and cartoons depicting the Prophet, have originated riots and stirred threats of violence. Veiled threats against the creators of American series “South Park”, the assault on Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks who had his home set on fire, or Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard who had a man with a machete break into his home in a failed attempt at assassination.
In 2002 Dutch Filmmaker Theo van Gogh, 47, who was the great-grandnephew of the painter Vincent van Gogh was shot and then stabbed to death on an Amsterdam street by a Muslim radical because of his movie “Submission”
In relation to Denmark, the reason is due to the 12 humoristic drawings of Muhammad, which Muslims regard as blasphemous, originating riots and a lot of criticism in the pro-Muslim press. The threat against the Netherlands is due to the fact that Geert Wilders, the leader of the fast growing anti-Islamic political party PVV (Party for Freedom), called the Koran a “fascist book” and wants to interdict its sale in Holland He also defends the ban on burkas and Islamic veils “because they pollute the landscape of the country”.
The two teams who are the targets of terrorist extremists face each other in Soccer City, the largest stadium in Africa, in Johannesburg on June14.
Al-Qahtani has been in Iraq in 2004 fighting against U.S. troops and was eventually recruited by Al-Qaeda.
According to this international terrorist, the main objective was to attack the Denmark and Holland football teams, as well as their fans. “If we were not able to strike the players, then we would have to get the fans, with the use of car bombs and weapons” he confessed.
These revelations, with just over two weeks before the start of the World Cup, left many in South Africa concerned and dismayed.
”It’s really worrying that someone has been arrested for plotting against the World Cup. This is very, very serious and we have to clarify all the facts”, said a member of the South African government. The South African police are still waiting for information to be sent by security agents in Iraq, who were responsible for the arrest.
According to Iraqi officials, the plan by the alleged Al-Qaeda militant was never put into practice. He did not have access to explosives and was dependant on the endorsement by the leaders of the organization to act. FIFA maintained its stance of not commenting on potential threats against the holding of the World Cup in South Africa.
This is not, the first threat from Al Qaeda to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. In July 2009, the U.S. network CBS reported that the terrorist organization was planning an attack during the match between the United States and England, which is scheduled for June 12 in Rustenburg.
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