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Another terror attack in Pak, 41 killed

world Updated: Oct 12, 2009 22:52 IST

The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility on Monday for the weekend siege on army headquarters and vowed to activate militant cells across the country for more attacks as an explosion in a market killed at least 41 people.

The blast in Shangla district — the fourth terrorist attack in just over a week — may have been a car bombing, police official Tahir Khan said.

Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq said the assault on army headquarters was only the first in a planned wave of strikes intended to avenge the killing of Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud in August.

“This was our first small effort and a present to the Pakistani and American governments,” he said.

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Pakistani jets pounded Taliban sanctuaries after a dramatic hostage siege at the army headquarters, as the military geared up on Monday for a full ground assault to take on the increasingly brazen rebels.