Attacks herald 'return of Al-Qaeda'

18 October 2002

The spate of violent incidents in the Middle East and Asia, culminating in the 12 October bombing in Bali that killed some 200 holidaymakers, has been seen as a sign of renewed activity by the Al-Qaeda network. Indonesian police have focused their investigations on Islamist groups thought to have connections with Al-Qaeda. The group is also suspected to have been involved in the 6 October explosion on the Limburg tanker off the Yemeni coast, and in an attack two days later on US marines in Kuwait.

Al-Qaeda has also been linked with the rebel Abu Sayyaf group, which was blamed by the Philippines for two bomb attacks in the port of Zamboango on 17 October that left five people dead.

US President Bush has dismissed claims that by concentrating on Iraq the US had failed to engage seriously with the threat of global terrorism.

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