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Attacker on ISI building identified as Baitullah's close aide

world Updated: Jul 10, 2009 14:10 IST

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Punjab Police today identified a terrorist who carried out the suicide car bomb attack on the Inter-Services Intelligence headquarters in this eastern Pakistani city as son of Tehreek-e-Taliban Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud's personal bodyguard.

The attacker was identified as Abi Armaghan alias Abu Talha, an Uzbek national. Armaghan's father, a bodyguard of Baitullah Mehsud, left Afghanistan after the Afghan war and settled in the South Waziristan tribal region, officials said.

"One of his three sons – Abi Armagahn – carried out the attack on the ISI building while two others were involved in other terrorist attacks in the country," a senior police officer told PTI.

Armaghan was identified with the help of suspects arrested for alleged involvement in the attack.

Police recovered the bodies of two attackers after the May 27 assault and sent them for DNA tests. Fingerprints recovered from the bodies were dispatched to the National Database and Registration Authority for matching and verification, officials said.

At least 30 people, including four ISI personnel, were killed and scores injured in the attack on the spy agency's office.