Circle Claims Responsibility in Latest Attack on DS9

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Date: Thu Jun 30 10:43:32 2011 PDT
IC Date: Tue Aug 26 09:21:12 2408
Stardate: 85652.13

DEEP SPACE 9 (INW) - In yet another attack on the Bajoran-based station, a series of explosions rocked Deep Space Nine's Promenade yesterday, causing major damage to storefronts and tens of casualties. It was early evening when a briefcase seemingly left behind at Morn's suddenly exploded, destroying much of the direct center of the popular establishment and sending patrons flying. According to reports on the scene, a series of explosions followed after first-responders arrived, causing further chaos.

Deep Space Nine has long been considered a strategic target for terrorist action from as far back as 2390's. This latest attack follows reports that Morn, the proprietor of the establishment targeted in the attack, was secretly supporting the Cardassian Occupation of Bajor in the years prior to the Borg War. Representatives from Morn's were unavailable for comment. In a statement released via an anonymous transmission, the Alliance for Global Unity, or The Circle, claimed responsibility for the attack. The Circle, classified as a terrorist organization by both the Galaxy Alliance and Bajorans, advocates for the removal of all non-Bajorans from Bajoran space. The statement indicated attacks would continue until only members of the Bajoran race remain.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Bajoran Defense Force stated that they are currently investigating the situation, and would not speculate as to whether the attack was actually committed by The Circle. DS9 Officials, speaking under the condition of anonymity due to on-going investigations, indicated at least thirty were injured in the attack, including Mr. Morn and members of a Beeraxi Confederation diplomatic delegation, who are both expected to make a full recovery. Officials reported there were at least two deaths, whose names have not yet been released until their families could be contacted.

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