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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Bin Laden had plans to attack economic targets

Jeevan Vasagar Berlin

A secret al-Qa'ida document discovered at Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan sets out a strategy for attacking economically important targets including "pipelines, internet cables and tankers".

The document, written by the al-Qa'ida planner Younis al-Mauretani, suggests planting recruits in jobs that later could be useful in attacks, such as oil or gas transportation, and directing supporters to study chemistry and physics.

The US Department of Justice passed the letter to German prosecutors last year for use in a trial in Dusseldorf, according to the German newspaper 'Die Zeit'.

Three FBI agents were in court in Dusseldorf yesterday to give evidence about the letter. Three defendants in the case are accused of plotting a bomb attack in Germany.

A Moroccan recruit mentioned in the letter has the same date of birth as one of the defendants in the Dusseldorf case.

The plan, which was sent to Bin Laden in March 2010, proposes attacks against tunnels and bridges, dams and financial centres. The Love Parade, a music festival in Germany, is another proposed target.

The letter says that al-Qa'ida should continue using aircraft, but that its pilots should fly regularly with airlines before carrying out an attack. The co-pilot could be drugged with sleeping pills before an operation, the letter suggests. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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