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Pak Taliban blames US contractor for suicide attacks

By Tahir Ali
October 23, 2009 13:24 IST
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Blaming the American military contractor Blackwater and Pakistani secret agencies for the suicide attacks in International Islamic University in Islamabad and the deadliest attack in Khyber bazaar in Peshawar that claimed a number innocent of lives, Qari Hussain, commander of the Tehrik Taliban Pakistan said that it is an attempt to malign the Taliban and warned that militants would avenge 'the killing of innocent people in a few days.'

Speaking to from an undisclosed location via phone, Qari Hussain said, "Those killed in IIUI and the Khyber bazaar attacks were our innocent brothers and sisters and our sympathies are with the affected families; The Taliban will avenge the killing in few days. It is the act of Blackwater and Pakistani secret agencies who want to malign militants in the eyes of the public. Pakistani has authorised the American military company to target the poor of this country for its vested interests."

The twin suicide attacks at the International Islamic University Islamabad on Tuesday killed six people including three girls while in the Khyber bazaar suicide attack in Peshwar on October 9 some 50 people were killed and more than a hundred were wounded.

Qari Hussain, the cousin of Hakimullah Mehsud, is known for the indoctrination of suicide bombers. He is the head of Taliban suicide bombing squad, Fidayeen-e-Islam (Islamic suicide-bombers).

Speaking about the ongoing military operation in South Waziristan, he said, "The Pakistani government is playing a dirty game and is targeting its own people for American vested interests, but the result will not be good. The government still has time to change its decision for the sake of the country's integrity, otherwise, the Taliban has the potential to attack each and every part of the country."

He further added, "The Taliban are in very strong position, but no one reports about our achievements and the media is carrying one sided stories."

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Tahir Ali in Islamabad