Al-Qaeda linked group claims attack on Japanese tanker

Media reported that a terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda claimed on Wednesday that a suicide bomber from its organisation was responsible for the explosion on a Japanese super tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, last Wednesday.

Reportedly, in a statement posted on the Faloja Islamist website, a group using the name “Abdullah Azzam Brigades” claimed responsibility for the attack. The statement included a photo of the alleged suicide bomber, dressed in an Arab-style white robe and cap, pointing at a picture of a super tanker on a video screen. However, independent verification of the claim was not immediately available.

It is worth mentioning that the same group had also claimed attacks in Egypt and Jordan in 2005, while its Ziad al-Jarrahdivision claimed responsibility for firing two rockets into northern Israel last year.