Terrorism: Senegalese imam slams Italian news outlets

Dhaka, 26 Sept. (AKI) - A Senegalese prayer leader expelled from Italy in 2003 for "disturbance to public order and endangering state security" has launched a scathing attack against an Adnkronos International (AKI) journalist as well journalists from two leading Italian dailies.

On his new website, the imam Qader Fadlalla Mamour , using the alias Abu Sayyaf ('Sword of God'), harshly criticises reporting by AKI's Hamza Boccolini, La Repubblica's Vittorio Zucconi and Corriere della Sera's Guido Olimpico on the last videos released earlier this month by al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Mamour's criticisms appear alongside the first full text translated into Italian of the two new messages released by al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden this month. The first, a video issued on 7 September urges Americans to convert to Islam to stop the war in Iraq. The second, an audiotape released on 20 September, calls on Pakistan to overthrow its president Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Mamour, who currently lives in Senegal, especially attacks an analysis written by Boccolini on 8 September that focuses on doubts expressed by some Jihadist forums over the authenticity of bin-Laden's 8 Sept. video.

Mamour's commentary on his new website also contains a warning to Italy of a document entitled 'It's Italy's turn' threatening future terror attacks against the country.


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