Authorities suspect Pakistan suicide bombing linked to al-Qaida, Taliban

October 19, 2007 11:55

The midnight suicide attack that killed at least 136 people and shattered the homecoming of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto may have been the work of al-Qaida and the Taliban, authorities said Friday, as forensic experts studied the severed head of the alleged bomber to try to determine his identity. The attack bore the hallmarks of operatives linked to pro-Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud and al-Qaida, according to Ghulam Muhammad Mohtarem, the top security official in Sindh province, where Karachi is located. He suggested that Bhutto's camp had gotten carried away celebrating her return after eight years in exile, and had not taken the need for security seriously. "We were already fearing a strike from Mehsud and his local affiliates and this was conveyed to [Bhutto's Pakistan's] People's Party but they got carried away by political exigencies instead of taking our concern seriously," Mohtarem said.

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