Taliban releases video of German targeting US base

March 20th, 2008 - 9:41 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, March 20 (DPA) The Taliban has released a videotape of the last statement by a German of Turkish origin who carried out a suicide bomb attack earlier this month on a US post in eastern Afghanistan, a Pakistan press report said Thursday. German-born Cuneyt Ciftci, also known as Saad Abu Furkan, blew himself up in a delivery truck near a US base in the Sabari district of Khost province March 3, killing two soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and two Afghan workers. Six others were wounded.

The videotape, issued in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province, also contains images of the scene of the attack, the daily News reported.

“Three of our cameramen filmed the attack when it was taking place from three sides,” Taliban sources told The News’ Peshawar bureau chief Rahimullah Yousafzai.

In the videotape Ciftci, 28, called his attack a sacrifice for Islam.

“I am giving away my life for the glory of Islam,” Ciftci told in the video, according to Yousafzai, who watched the video. Some parts of his statement were in German, he said.

Ciftic also made appeal to other Muslims to join him in what he calls jihad against the infidels.

“Time has arrived to give sacrifices for Islam. Since we lack resources to fight the enemy (Western powers), we will have to turn our bodies into bombs. We will have to sacrifice our lives,” he said.

The reports of Ciftci’s involvement in the Khost bombing first came up last week in the German press. He had lived near Ansbach in the southern German state of Bavaria with his wife and two children and had been under observation by the security services for some time, according to those reports.

The videotape released in Peshawar also includes a message of Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani, one of the most wanted Taliban commanders in Afghanistan.

Haqqani praised the Khost suicide bombing and eulogized the services of Taliban and other mujahidin who laid down their lives for the cause of Islam and Afghanistan, the report said.

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