And he cited verses from the Qur’an to justify his actions. Funny how that keeps happening. “Underwear Bomber: New Video of Training, Martyrdom Statements,” by Matthew Cole, Brian Ross, and Nasser Atta for ABC News, April 26:
New videos produced by al Qaeda in Yemen show the accused underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and others in his training class firing weapons at a desert camp whose targets included the Jewish star, the British Union Jack and the letters “UN.”
The videos, to be broadcast Monday on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, appear to support Abdulmutallab’s statements to the FBI that there are “others like me” who also trained with him in Yemen to carry out attacks against U.S. and western targets.
The tape also includes an apparent martyrdom statement in Arabic from the 23-year old Nigerian justifying his actions against “the Jews and the Christians and their agents.” He says, “the enemy is in your lands with their armies, the Jews and the Christians and their agents.” He reads several passages from the Koran and adds, “God said if you do not fight back, He will punish you and replace you.” […]
That’s Qur’an 9:39.
The videos, obtained by a Yemeni journalist working for ABC News, are the first to show Abdulmutallab with the al Qaeda group. In the video he and others use automatic weapons to fire at targets that include a Jewish star, the British Union Jack and the a symbol of the United Nations.
Some, but not all, of the faces of others at the training camp are blurred in the video released by al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula. Their logo is embedded in a corner of the screen.
“The other people in the video are presumably the people we are still looking for,” said Richard Clarke, an ABC News consultant and former White House counter-terrorism official. The video also shows the purported al Qaeda fighters in Yemen firing at what appears to be an unmanned surveillance plane overhead.