You probably expected from the beginning that the terrorist attack on London was carried out by Islamic terrorists. The early evidence seems to indicate it is true.
The Secret Organization of Al Qaeda in Europe claims responsibility. The same group claimed credit for the attack on Madrid.
They claim to retaliate for Britain's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. The terrorists made the claim on a website used by people sympathetic to terrorism. Here is the text.
"Rejoice, Islamic nation. Rejoice, Arab world. The time has come for vengeance against the Zionist crusader government of Britain in response to the massacres Britain committed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The heroic mujahedeen carried out a blessed attack in London, and now Britain is burning with fear and terror, from north to south, east to west. We warned the British government repeated. We have carried out our promise and carried out a military attack in Britain after great efforts by the heroic mujahedeen over a long period to ensure its success. We continue to warn the governments of Denmark and Italy and all crusader governments that they will receive the same punishment if they do not withdraw their troops from Iraq and Afghanistan."
Analysts say the attack has the characteristics of an Al Qaeda attack. I think that means a cowardly strike at civilians that kills women and children, including Arabs and other Muslims, while the terrorists slink off and hide. "This one is very similar to the attack in Madrid: a soft target, full of people, coordinated attacks, at rush hour. All are indications of Al Qaeda," said Diaa Rashwan, a Cairo-based expert on militants. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw agreed. Bin Laden and al-Zawahri have recently threatened Britain.
Spain withdrew its troops from Iraq after the Madrid bombings, no doubt encouraging the terrorists to try the same attacks elsewhere. Thanks, guys, for your courage and support.
Terrorists are having a bloody week, aren’t they? Al Qaeda in Iraq claims to have killed Egypt's envoy to Iraq, despite the fact that he was a Muslim. They tried to kidnap diplomats from Pakistan and Bahrain also. They attacked civilians with mortars in Mosul, killing six civilians and injuring 24.
Hopefully, the Brits will find their attackers and punish them and their sponsors appropriately.