Torkham massacre a revenge for Baitullah: TTP

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Villagers visit a place of Thursday’s night suicide bombing at Pakistani border town of Torkham along the Afghanistan border on Friday. — Photo by AP

The Taliban claimed on Friday responsibility for Thursday’s suicide attack near the Afghan border that killed 22 guards and said it was their first revenge for their leader’s death.

Peshawar, Saturday, 29 Aug, 2009 | 05:07 AM PST |A suicide bomber struck a security post near Torkham on Thursday evening killing 22 Khasadar guards and wounding over a dozen others.

On Thursday, a group namely ‘Dr Abdullah Azzam Brigade’ had claimed responsibility for the attack. The Azzam Brigade, based in Orakzai tribal region, is affiliated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and is named after the fiery Palestinian scholar, Dr Abdullah Yusuf Azzam, who was killed in a car-bomb blast in Peshawar’s University Town on Nov 24, 1989.

On Friday, the TTP came forward to claim credit for the atrocious attack.

‘We claim responsibility for the blast,’ TTP spokesman Azam Tariq said in a telephone call from an unknown location.

‘This is our first response since the death of our chief Baitullah Mehsud,’ Tariq told AFP. ‘We will continue similar attacks in the future also.’

He said ‘the victims of the suicide attack were all those supporting the United States. Anybody supporting the US is our enemy.’ — AFP

Ibrahim Shinwari adds from Landi Kotal: Twenty-two Khasadar personnel who were killed in Thursday’s suicide attack were buried in Brag and Karamna villages of Bazaar-Zakakhel area on Friday.

No official from the Khyber Agency’s political administration attended the funeral.

Some of the deceased were identified as Qutabdar Khan, Gul Mar Jan, Speen Khan, Rozi Khan, Urbal Khan, Haji Afzal, Alam Khan, Mualim Khan, Tor Khan, Nowsher, Saeed, Haji Said, Mula Mohammad, Javed and Ghayoor Khan.

Bodies found

Five bodies were found in the Bara subdivision on Friday as target killings continued in the Khyber region.

The bullet-riddled body of Misri Khan, a Khasadar, was found in Sur Kas Shalobar area and headless bodies of two health workers, Noor Khan and Mohammad Rafiq, were found in Dogra Chowk.

Headless bodies of Taj Mohammad and Said Wali were found in front of the Dawlat Khan mosque. According to sources, the five men had gone missing on Thursday.

Over a dozen people have lost their lives in target killings in Bara during the last one and a half months.

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Devotees offer the first Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramazan at the Data Darbar mosque in Lahore on Friday. – AFP

Alertpak Friends urge a total peace in the Holy Month of Ramazan.

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