Friday, May 20, 2011

Taliban Attack U.S. Vehicles in Pakistan

A Taliban car bomb struck an armoured vehicle taking American officials to the U.S consulate in northwest Pakistan on Friday, officials said, in a strike the militants said was in revenge for the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. 

Two Americans suffered minor injuries, but one Pakistani passer—by was killed and at least 10 others were wounded in the attack in the city of Peshawar, officials said.

The strike was the first on Westerners since the May 2 raid by American commandos on bin Laden’s hideout in an army town around three hours from Peshawar. 

The Pakistani Taliban, an al—Qaeda—allied group behind scores of attacks in recent years, claimed responsibility.  “We say to the Americans and NATO that we will carry out more deadly attacks and we can do it,” Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan said in a phone call from an undisclosed location. “We had warned that we will avenge the martyrdom of Osama.”