Pak Taliban chief Mehsud claims responsibility for New York shoot-out

April 4th, 2009 - 2:29 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban London, Apr.4 (ANI): Tehreek-e-Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud has claimed responsibility for the attack on an immigration center in New York which left 13 people dead, Sky News reported.

Mehsud called an international news agency from an undisclosed location and claimed that the Taliban was behind Friday’s shootout where Chinese American gunman killed 14 people and wounded 40 others.

Mehsud said the strike was in retaliation to the US-led drone attacks inside Pakistan along the Afghan border.

He had threatened to carry out ’spectacular’ attack on the US while claiming responsibility for Manawan police training academy strike.

However, New York Police have identified the gunman as 41-year-old Jiverly Wong, a former IBM employee. Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski said the rampage “obviously was premeditated” and began with the shooting of two receptionists.

Zikuski said 37 people were rescued from the building, and four of them were wounded and in critical condition. More than two dozen had hid in a boiler room until police said it was safe to come out.

Wong was later found dead by the SWAT team with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in an office.

Earlier, it was also revealed that Pakistan is secretly providing intelligence inputs to US forces for carrying out drone strikes against Mehsud.

A senior Pak intelligence official said the US Army and Pakistan military have agreed to carry out strikes on Mehsud’s hideout and terror camps along the ungoverned Pak-Afghan border area. (ANI)

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