Update Al-Qaida at the World Cup: Targets Revealed
Earlier we reported that Abdullah Azam Saleh al-Qahtani was arrested in Iraq for a plot to commit terror at the World Cup. There was speculation, based on known a jihadist website, that the attack would be planned on England‘s match with the United States.
New information reveals that the plan was hatched late last year, with al-Qahtani and some friends desiring to take revenge on the Western media for its depictions of the prophet Muhammad.
The plan was to target the Dutch and Danish teams and, “if they couldn’t get to the teams, get to the fans” using car bombs and guns. The potential attack was discovered before the militants received permission from Ayman al-Zawahiri.
The World Cup was chosen because of the relative ease of traveling to South Africa, the world stage on which the World Cup is set, and the both nations being present. Kill two birds with one stone, as it were.
A note was found in a safe house with detailed plans of the attack. It was written in al-Qahtani’s own hand. This information, combined with other sources, led to the arrest.
Read more on Yahoo! news.