Source: Jakarta Globe:
Dubai. Al-Qaeda said a deadly attack on US diplomats in Libya was in revenge for the killing of its number two, monitors reported Saturday, as Washington deployed forces to cope with global violence over a film mocking Islam.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) also called for more violence against US diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa, and urged Muslims living in the West to attack American interests, SITE Intelligence Group said.
Symbols of US influence in cities across the Muslim world have come under siege — embassies and schools as well as fast food chains — as protesters vent their fury at the American-made film “Innocence of Muslims.”
As US investigators questioned the man allegedly behind the low-budget movie before releasing him, the top Sunni Muslim authority called for a global ban on all forms of attacks on Islam and other religions.
In the worst violence, the US ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans were killed on Tuesday when suspected Islamic militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at the US consulate in Benghazi.
AQAP, Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni offshoot, did not claim direct responsibility for the attack on the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city.
But it said the killing of Al-Qaeda deputy leader Sheikh Abu Yahya al-Libi in a drone strike in June “increased the enthusiasm and determination of the sons of (Libyan independence hero) Omar al-Mukhtar to take revenge upon those who attack our Prophet,” according to SITE.