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Ansar al-Sunnah Issues Statement About Iraqi Government’s Promise of Financial Reward for Information about its Leader, and Claims Responsibility for Suicide Bombing in Baghdad
By SITE Institute
June 7, 2005

In two separate communiqués issued to the Internet today, June 7, 2005, Ansar al-Sunnah responds to the Iraqi government?s promise of financial reward for information about Abu Abdullah al-Shafei, its purported leader, and claims responsibility for a suicide bombing operation in Baghdad today, targeting the Iraqi police force.

The first communiqué, signed by the Emir (Prince) of Ansar al-Sunnah, Abu Abdullah al-Hassan bin Mahmoud, addresses the Iraqi government?s reward proposal for information about Abu Abdullah al-Shafei, whom the government believes to be the group?s leader. The message declares this as false, and ?den[ies] the above mentioned (al-Shafei) is the leader of Ansar al-Sunnah Army).?

A suicide car bombing operation today, as described in the second communiqué, targeted an Iraqi police convoy ?which is devoted to protect the crusaders in the area of al-Shoala? in Baghdad. According to the message, the explosion resulted in ?destroying two four-wheel drive police cars and more than twenty-five converted persons were between killed or injured, ? and acknowledges that the ?media channels counted the police force as civilians….? Media reports indicate that at least 28 people were injured in this operation.

A full translation of both messages is provided to our Intel Service members.


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