Pakistani Taliban claim attack on Army HQ

Last Updated: Monday, October 12, 2009 - 15:57

Peshawar: The Pakistani Taliban on Monday claimed responsibility for a raid on Army headquarters near Islamabad that left 19 people dead after a day-long hostage siege, a militant spokesman said.
"We claim responsibility for the attack on GHQ (General Headquarters). It was carried out by our Punjab branch," said Azam Tariq, main spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan movement.
"We have the capability to strike at any place in Pakistan... We can target many more important places," he said by phone from an unknown location.

In total, eight militants, eight soldiers and three hostages were killed in the crisis that unfolded Saturday at the heart of the military establishment in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. It ended with a commando raid on Sunday.

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, October 12, 2009 - 15:57
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