IMU claims responsibility for suicide bombing in Quetta

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 00:25

Islamabad: The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in the Pakistani city of Quetta that targeted the provincial police chief and killed eight persons.

The IMU took credit for the attack in a statement released on a jihadist forum yesterday by Yahya Hikmatiy, the group`s spokesman.

Hikmatiy confirmed the target of the attack was Balochistan Police chief Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

Several policemen were among those killed in Sunday`s suicide attack.

Nearly 70 people were injured in the attack, which occurred in a high-security zone of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.

Sukhera had a narrow escape.

The IMU claimed two tonnes of explosives were used in the attack.

It said the attack was carried out in retaliation for a "helicopter attack of Pakistan Army against IMU`s madrasa for young children?25 days ago".

One IMU student, a 12-year-old boy, was killed and 10 people were wounded in the incident, it claimed.

The IMU further said the attack in Quetta was carried out by Ali, a 52-year-old member of the group.

It claimed that Ali`s daughter Ummu Usman had also carried out a suicide attack in Pakistan last year.

The IMU, which has links with al-Qaeda, is based in North Waziristan tribal region.


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First Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 00:25

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