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Bin Laden takes credit for US bombing bid

A Delta Airlines jet at a remote part of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport following an alleged incident with a passenger in Romulus, Michigan. (GETTY IMAGES)


Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has issued a new audio message claiming responsibility for the Christmas day airline bombing attempt in Detroit and vowing further attacks.

The message suggests that Bin Laden wants to show he remains in direct command of Al Qaeda's many branches around the world.

In a short recording carried by the Al Jazeera Arabic news channel yesterday, Bin Laden addressed President Barack Obama saying Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's attempted attack was a message similar to that of September11, 2001, and more attacks against the US would be forthcoming. By issuing this message, Bin Laden indicates he himself is ordering attacks, rather than just approving events afterwards.


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