A group called the Abu Hafs al Masri Brigade has claimed responsibility for London blasts in a statement posted on an Islamic Web site.
"We will strike in the hearts of European capitals, in Rome, in Amsterdam and in Denmark where their soldiers are in still in Iraq".
Posted today (Friday), the claimed responsibility for latest blasts targeting London's transport system. The group, Abu Hafs al Masri Brigade, also claimed responsibility for the July 7 bombings that killed at least 56 including the four suspected bombers.
The statement's authenticity obviously can not be verified and there has been doubt cast over the veracity of the group's past claims which apparently included claiming responsibilty for the 2003 blackouts in the United States and London that resulted from technical problems.
It is alleged that the group is al-Qaida-linked, whatever that means.
"While we bless these strikes, our next attacks will be Hellish for the enemies of God," said the latest statement. "
"our strikes in the depths of the capital of the British infidels our only a message to other European governments that we will not relent and sit idle before the infidel soldiers will leave the land of the two rivers," said the statement.
The "two rivers" refer to Iraq's Euphrates and Tigris rivers. Last Tuesday, another statement was issued in the name of the same group threatening "a bloody war" on the capitals of European countries that do not remove their troops from Iraq within a month.
"We will strike in the hearts of European capitals, in Rome, in Amsterdam and in Denmark where their soldiers are in still in Iraq pursuing their British and American masters," the statement added.
Whether the claims are true or not, hopefully this will put the invasion and occupation of Iraq back into the discussion relating to the attacks in London.