Pak Taliban releases CID office attack video

Pak Taliban has released a video purportedly showing how it planned and carried out a suicide attack on the CID office in Karachi in November last year to avenge the killing of fellow militants.

Updated: Aug 10, 2011, 16:18 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistani Taliban has released a
video purportedly showing how it planned and carried out a suicide attack on the Crime Investigation Department office in
Karachi in November last year to avenge the killing of fellow
militants who were "tortured to death" inside the building.

The video, issued earlier this week by the media arm of
the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), shows three militants,
identified as Rehmanullah, Farmanullah and Muhammad Khan,
saying they are ready for the attack after completing their
training.

The video in Pashto shows the three men training in a
mountainous area with Kalashnikovs, grenades and a truck full
of explosives. It also shows the men attacking a building in a
hilly area with grenades and assault rifles, and making a
video around the CID building in Karachi.

"We collected complete information of the guards deputed
at the (CID) office and its surroundings, which made the
attack easy for us," the soundtrack of the video states.

A time stamp on the video suggests some of the footage
was recorded on October 20 last year, 21 days before the
attack was carried out on November 11.

The video also shows the three alleged attackers standing
beside a truck loaded with explosives shortly before the
bombing. They claim to be going for the attack on the CID
office, `Pakistan Today` daily reported.

Eighteen people were killed and over 100 injured in that
attack, for which the banned Pakistani Taliban had claimed
responsibility.

It is claimed in the video that two militants attacked
the building with Kalashnikovs and grenades while another hit
the office with the explosives-laden truck. All of them were killed in the attack.

"Our activists hit the building because it was being used
to torture our colleagues," the voiceover in the video says.
At the end of the video, the three militants are shown
being interviewed by an unidentified man.

The militant state they have taken part in the war
against NATO forces in Afghanistan and are going to launch an
attack on the CID office to take revenge for colleagues who
were "tortured to death" inside the building.

"We do not use any drugs and are not launching the attack
under (the influence of) drugs. We are in our senses and going
for the attack to fulfil the orders of the holy book," say two
attackers.

Three senior officers of Karachi Police ? SSP Chaudhry
Aslam Khan, SSP Raja Umer Khattab and SP Mazhar Mashwani ? are
shown in the video and described as "Israeli agents".

PTI