The recent terrorist attacks in London and Egypt appear to be the work of al-Qaida, US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said yesterday.
Gonzales said that although there have been no specific threats against America, officials are concerned that there could be similar attacks in the US.
“We know we have an enemy that’s very patient and very diabolical,” Gonzales told CNN’s Late Edition.
“We know even though there hasn’t been an attack since 9-11 here in this country that we have an enemy that’s still intent on doing harm to the US and its interests. And we’re doing everything we can do to protect Americans from another attack,” he said.
Gonzales said that “appearances seem to indicate that it is al-Qaida”. But he cautioned that the investigations are still in the early stages and no definitive conclusions have been made.
At least 88 people were killed in three bomb blasts early on Saturday in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt.
London was hit on Thursday by a second wave of bomb attacks on its public transport system.
Unlike the July 7 attacks that killed 56 in London, no one was injured in Thursday’s botched strikes.
To Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the London attacks definitely were linked.
“I think if you look at the knapsacks, if you look at the bombs, if you look at the explosives, there is a connection there. There is a connection with al-Qaida in regards to the way that those bombs are constructed,” he said on CNN.
“There is some evidence that you have networks within networks, albeit they were local, but I don’t have any question in my mind that this is all connected,” Roberts said.
Gonzales said US authorities, particularly the FBI, are co-operating with the foreign investigations and trying to prevent another attack.
“We are offering our assistance to both the Egyptian and the British authorities and doing everything we can to find out the causes of these attacks and who is ultimately responsible,” Gonzales said on Fox News yesterday.