Pakistani Taliban Deny NY Bomb Claim; Video Released of Suspect
Also today the Pakistani Taliban said that they were not aware of a video attributed to them claiming responsibility for the failed car bomb in New York late on Saturday.
Pakistani Taliban on Monday said they were not aware of a video attributed to them claiming responsibility for the failed car bomb in New York late on Saturday.
The US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks activities of terrorist groups on internet, claimed on Sunday it had discovered a video posted by a group linked with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on video-sharing website Youtube.
The video purported to show the insurgents taking responsibility for the attempted attack, saying it would have been retribution for the deaths of former Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud and two Islamist militant leaders killed in April in Iraq.
“We don’t know about this video. As far as I know none of our people have posted it. We have no information about it,” TTP’s chief spokesman Azam Tariq said.
The failed car bomb was discovered on Saturday in New York City’s famous Times Square. Smoke emanated from a car packed with propane and gasoline tanks and powder, but there was no explosion.
Pakistani intelligence officials also expressed scepticism that the local Taliban had the capacity to carry out attacks in the US.
“They want to take responsibility for whatever bad happens in the world just to show that they are still active, when they are severely under pressure from Pakistani operations in tribal region,” said an official from military’s Inter Services Intelligence agency.
So a fake Taliban group posted video claiming responsibility for the attack?
Figure that one out?