The Taliban says an amazing attack on Washington DC is in the works.
A TV grab shows Pakistani policemen trying to take cover as a body is seen in the foreground in Lahore after gunmen attacked a police training school. At least 20 people were killed Monday after gunmen stormed the school, police officials told AFP.
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The top Pakistani Taliban commander said Tuesday that his group had carried out the deadly assault on a police academy in eastern Pakistan, and he vowed to launch an attack on the U.S. capital.
Baitullah Mehsud, who has a $5 million bounty on his head from the U.S., said the Pakistan Taliban was planning a terrorist assault against Washington D.C.
“Soon we will launch an attack in Washington that will amaze everyone in the world,” Mehsud told The Associated Press by phone.
Mehsud and other Pakistan Taliban militants are believed to be based in the country’s lawless tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan, where they have stepped up their attacks throughout Pakistan.
The Pakistan Taliban leader also claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing that killed four soldiers Monday in Bannu district and a suicide attack targeting a police station in Islamabad last week that killed one officer.
Such attacks pose a major test for the weak, year-old civilian administration of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari that has been gripped with political turmoil in recent weeks.
The weekend attack came just one month after a Taliban peace deal was reached in Pakistan. Days after the peace deal was announced between the Taliban and the Pakistani government, the Taliban appointed Mullah Omar as their leader. The Pakistani Government also paid the Taliban $6 million bucks for killing its members who were fighting against the government.
Gee. It’s a good thing we’re not at war anymore or this news might be serious.
More… The Long War Journal has a report on the Taliban attack in Lahore that left 30 people dead.