The late Abu Hafs Al-Masri (Al-Jazeera)
This just in from AFP:
A STATEMENT published on an Islamist website today purporting to be from al-Qaeda urged retaliation against the US and its allies for Israel’s killing of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.
“Sheikh Yassin’s blood will not have been shed in vain – we call on all the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades to avenge the sheikh of the Palestinian resistance by striking the tyrant of the century America and its allies,” said the statement carried by the www.al-ansar.biz website.
The Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades take their name from an al-Qaeda leader killed in Washington’s 2001 onslaught in Afghanistan and is a name regularly used in communiques from the Islamic militant network to its cells around the world.
There was no immediate way of establishing the authenticity of the latest statement.