(London Telegraph) Al-Qaida has been blamed for a recent series of forest fires across Europe, as the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service claimed they were set by arsonists as part of the group’s low-cost attack strategy.

“One should note that setting fires to forests in the countries of the European Union is a new tendency in al-Qaeda’s strategy of a ‘thousand cuts’,” Alexander Bortnikov said, according to state news agency RIA Novosti, at a meeting of heads of security agencies.

“This method allows (al-Qaeda) to inflict significant economic and moral damage without serious preliminary preparations, technical equipment or significant expenses.”

Read other WND reports about the Al-Qaida wildfire threat:

2008

Bin Laden’s plan for ‘global fireball’

2007

Terrorists plotted setting U.S. fires

California fires spark suspicion of terror again

2003

Al-Qaida planned U.S. forest fires

More evidence of terror in fires

2003

Forest fires latest terror threat?

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