Tehrik-i-Taliban claims responsibility for GHQ attack

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for a brazen weekend attack on the army’s headquarters compound in the city of Rawalpindi.

Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq called The Associated Press on Monday and said the attack that killed 20 people was only the first in a planned series of strikes intended to avenge the killing of their leader Baitullah Mehsud in a CIA drone attack in August.

He said the raid on army headquarters was carried out by a Punjabi faction of the militant group and it had given orders to other militant branches across the country to launch similar operations.

He also warned the army that if it launched a planned offensive into Waziristan it would be its undoing.

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