Det var jihadister av Al Qaidas type som sto bak bomben som drepte fem spanske FN-soldater i Sør-Libanon søndag, mener israelske sikkerhetseksperter.
Israeli defense officials said that terror cells affiliated with al-Qaida – and possibly also responsible for last Sunday’s Katyusha attack on Kiryat Shmona – were the prime suspects.
Israeli officials said there have been warnings that peacekeepers would come under attack by terror groups in southern Lebanon, particularly al-Qaida and Global Jihad.
Head of the Research Division at Military Intelligence Brig.-Gen. Yossi Baidatz warned in December of increasing signs that Global Jihad elements were setting up a presence in Lebanon and were planning attacks against UNIFIL. The high-ranking officer said the Global Jihad terror cells posed a direct threat to the multinational force in southern Lebanon and particularly to French, Italian and Spanish soldiers.
«They have been a target for al-Qaida and Global Jihad for a while,» a defense official said.
Those warnings became more serious after Fatah al-Islam, the al-Qaida-inspired Palestinian terror group, began fighting Lebanese troops in northern Lebanon five weeks ago. The terrorists have threatened to take their battle outside northern Lebanon and other militant groups have issued Internet statements supporting Fatah al-Islam.
Hvis jihadister er sterke nok til å utføre angrep i Sør-Libanon er det en ny kompliserende og alvorlig vending.
Al-Qaida suspected in attack that killed 5 UNIFIL troops