From the Annals of Bad Reporting

by Nathan Hamm on 7/31/2004

The Straits-Times:

An Uzbek Islamic party, Hizbi Tahrir, claimed responsibility on an Internet site yesterday for the triple bombings.

The radical Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan had earlier claimed responsibility for the attacks on the same website.

What the hell?

I’m assuming that all these reports saying that responsibility was claimed on a website are referring to the same thing. Bad reporting makes it hard to figure this out. I’m sticking to Islamic Jihad Group, the guys who probably did the March bombings. Upyernoz, who’s admittedly far from fluent in Arabic, saw only Islamic Jihad on the website that was reported by AFP. Check out this post for more.

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