Islamist Terror Group Claims Responsibility for Houston BP Attack

A Qatar-based Islamist terror group has claimed responsibility for the deadly blast at at Houston, Texas BP refinery. Officials are skeptical.

A shadowy Islamist group which claimed it carried out last week’s suicide bombing in Qatar said in an internet statement it was responsible for an oil refinery explosion in Texas that left 15 people dead. “It was a new kind of operation as we promised before,” said the Jund al-Sham Organisation (Organisation of Soldiers of the Levant) in the statement posted on an Islamist website and dated March 24. “Jund Al-Sham is able to attack with an iron fist all the enemies of Allah wherever they are,” added the statement, whose authenticity could not be verified. “This operation was a big surprise, which we spoke of in other statements, and we will continue our suicide operations inside and outside America, and we will attack the economy of America as America did the economies of the Muslims,” it added. The group also threatened to carry out attacks in Britain and Italy, and said these would continue”until the last soldier of the Crusaders or Jews is no longer in an Islamic country.”

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has rejected claims purportedly from two Islamist groups of responsibility for Wednesday’s blast, which rocked the third-biggest petrochemical complex in the United States, run by British multinational BP at Texas City. “We’ve found no evidence to support criminal or terrorist activity,” Al Tribble, spokesman for the FBI office in Houston told AFP on Thursday.

Oil refineries are rather dangerous ventures and they’ve certainly been known to have explosions without the help of terrorist groups. This is almost certainly just a group trying to make a name for itself by claiming credit for an accident.

via Michael King

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Comments

  1. M. Murcek says:

    Yeah, right. And muhammad brought the last shuttle down over Texas.

  2. Clint Lovell says:

    Nobody here in Houston is talking about the explosing being anything other than a mammoth accident.

    Isn’t this the same group that captured GI Joe? Or is this part of the Hole In The Head Gang?

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  4. bryan says:

    Yes, and it’s not like Texas City hasn’t had huge oil refinery explosions before.

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