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.