Manawan attack was in retaliation against US drone attacks: Mehsud

April 1st, 2009 - 12:48 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Peshawar, Apr.1 (ANI): The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Baitullah Mehsud has said that Monday’s attack on the Police Training Academy in Manawan was carried out in retaliation against the continuous US led drone attacks in the tribal region of the country.

“These attacks were in reaction to the US drone strikes in the Tribal Areas,” Mehsud said.

He also vowed that such strikes would continue as long as United States keep on targeting tribal areas.

“As long as the drone attacks continue, we will not stop,” Mehsud added.

Talking to BBC Urdu over telephone from an undisclosed location, Mehsud also warned about more attacks similar to Manawan.

“Over the next few days, more such attacks will come, two or three suicide attacks will take place,” The Daily Times quoted, as saying.

Earlier, the TTP chief while claiming responsibility for the Manawan strike had also warned of a spectacular attack on Washington in near future.

Mehsud is already wanted by the United States, and it had also announced a reward of five million dollars to anyone revealing his whereabouts.

Mehsud is also considered to have masterminded the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. (ANI)

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