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Alqaeda tape doesnt prove guilt in london attacks

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Qaeda tape no proof of bombing role-U.S. official
Fri Sep 2, 2005 12:05 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An al Qaeda videotape featuring a pre-death statement by the suspected ringleader of the July 7 London suicide bombings does not prove the attack was carried out by Osama bin Laden's militant network, a U.S. official said on Friday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said the Bush administration believes the tape containing the statement by Mohammad Sidique Khan and a message from al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri is authentic.

"There's never been a fake (al Qaeda) tape," the official told Reuters. "I'm sure al Qaeda is happy to get the word out saying they inspired the event. But the tape doesn't prove that al Qaeda was behind the attack.

Al Jazeera television on Thursday showed Zawahri and Khan in separate segments of videotaped statements, which the network described as a claim of responsibility from al Qaeda for the blasts on London's transport system which killed 52 people.

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