Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Terror from Down Under 

Threats of terrorism attacks by a masked man with an Australian accent on Arab television were being examined by Australian intelligence officers, the attorney-general's office said today.

A videotape of a man wearing a balaclava and speaking English with an Australian accent was aired on the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya satellite channel and reshown on Australian TV.

The videotaped message, whose authenticity has not been confirmed, warned that more terrorist attacks would be launched on the West.
Suspicions as to the masked man's origin were also raised by several lines in the speech, including
"I tell ya, fellas, if youse won't pull the troops out of Iraq, then, crikey, there's gonna be a whopper of a terror attack."
"The Sheik [Osama bin Laden] will soon throw another infidel on the barbie."
The video ends with the masked narrator throwing a phone set at the camera.


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