Al-Qaeda's 'black widow': France to be punished

Updated: 2008-01-22 11:26

PARIS -- Fatiha Mejjati, the "black widow" of Al-Qaeda warned recently that France would be the "target" of terrorism attacks and would be "punished soon," French daily Le Parisien reported on Monday.

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Mejjati is the widow of Karim Mejjati, a French-Moroccan killed in April 2005 in Saudi Arabia. Karim had been suspected of masterminding the terrorism attack on March 11, 2004 in the Spanish capital Madrid that left 195 people dead.

In an exclusive interview with the daily, Mejjati, who now lives in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, said France would be "punished" for "its fidelity to the United States."

"France will no longer be set apart nor be protected", she said, adding French foreign policy is currently aligned with that of the United States and France's political independence in the period of former President Jacques Chirac no longer exists.

Referring to French President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to Saudi Arabia, Mejjati said the trip was to sell arms to fight Muslims.

She also warned French troops should retreat from Afghanistan, otherwise they will be attacked in revenge.

After having arrested 14 terrorism suspects on Saturday, Spanish police warned France and the United Kingdom of attacks during the visit of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

Musharraf is on an eight-day visit to Europe, visiting Belgium, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom from Jan. 20.

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