IMU Claims Bombings (or Islamic Jihad of Uzbekistan)

by Nathan Hamm on 7/30/2004 · 3 comments

prokuratorReuters reports that the Islmamic Jihad Group (the guys behind the March bombings) is claiming responsibility for yesterday’s bombings. The claim, coming through a website, claims,

“God willing, such martyrdom operations by the group will continue,” said the statement from the Islamic Jihad Group in Uzbekistan.

“(These attacks) were an answer to the injustice of the apostate government and an expression of support for the jihad (holy war) of our Muslim brothers in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Hijaz (Saudi Arabia) and other Muslim lands,”

The AFP, though, reports that it is the IMU that claimed responsibility.

“A group of young Muslims from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan carried out martyrdom operations today against the embassies of America and Israel and the office of the prosecutor general, which started a few days ago to try several brethren from the group,” the statement said.

The rest of the AFP quotes are the same, so it is a little unclear who is reporting properly. The story mentions that the claim was made on this website. [Fixed AFP link? Any Arabic speakers want to translate and see if I got it right?]

UPDATE: UzReport picks up on the differences in the two reports too. They also report that Kazakstan and Kyrgyzstan have tightened border security.

A Russian MP is blaming the US actions for the attacks. It reads as if he’s trying to tear Uzbekistan and the US apart.

He noted that Uzbek blast could be considered as a direct consequence that the USA, having not finished anti-terrorism operation in Afghanistan, shifted significant powers and resources to Iraqi direction, where Americans cause negative reaction in the Islamic world.

Let’s not forget that, in, umm, well, 1999, the IMU was doing these kinds of things too.

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upyernoz July 30, 2004 at 4:36 pm

my arabic is still pretty rudamentary, but i can read this phrase which is the third line down (not counting the title above that line) on salem’s entry dated “30 july (yuliyu in arabic) 2004”:

جماعة الجهاد الإسلامي في أوزباكستان

i translate the above line as “group of islamic jihad of uzbekistan”

although i can’t translate the whole thing, i skimmed the entire entry for the word “uzbekistan” (أوزباكستان). it only appears one other time (in the title of salem’s entry) and is not near any words for islamic (which i would recognize if they were there).

i also managed to find the bit quoted by AFP by skimming for the words for “american and isreali embassy”. the subject of that sentence is not “islamic movement of uzbekistan” as the AFP translates, there is no “uzbekistan” in the sentence. the subject of the sentence is “the (something) mujahid of the islamic jihad group.”

in other words, the web site does not mentioned the IMU. it looks to me like the IJU (whoever they hell they are) are the ones claiming responsibility on this page.

(hopefully, the arabic script above will post right)

praktike July 30, 2004 at 4:47 pm

Heck, if I’m Karimov, I have to be a little mollified that they’re attacking us and not him.

Art July 30, 2004 at 4:58 pm

I was wondering why Putin fired all those GRUs that are traditionally used for mob suppression.

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