SEOUL (AFP) – Al-Qaeda has listed the United States and Australia as prime targets for attacks this year along with Britain,
South Korea’s spy agency has reported according to a lawmaker on Saturday.
South Korea, Japan and the Philippines are secondary targets, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) told parliament this week quoting a “senior” Al-Qaeda member arrested last month.
“According to NIS, this terrorist testified that South Korea, Japan and the Philippines are secondary targets, while the United States, Britain and Australia are the prime targets for this year,” a lawmaker told AFP.
NIS did not reveal the name of the Al-Qaeda member, where he was arrested or what country handed over the information, according to the lawmaker sitting on the National Assembly’s intelligence committee who requested anonymity.
The comments come after the Financial Times quoted French investigating magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguiere as saying that an Asia-Pacific financial centre such as Sydney, Tokyo or Singapore could be targeted by Al-Qaeda extremists.