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Kashmiri behind CIA attack

world Updated: Jan 07, 2010 01:22 IST
Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami

Suspecting the hand of Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami commander Ilyas Kashmiri in coordinating the suicide strike on the top secret CIA base in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. authorities have asked Pakistan to hunt down and extradite the dreaded terrorist.

India believes Kashmiri played a key role in the Mumbai 26/11 attacks.

Eight CIA operatives were killed when a Jordanian terrorist walked into the Chapman base in the Khost region and blew himself up. U.S. intelligence officials said later that the Arab militant was a triple agent and could have been used as a human bomb by Al Qaeda.

A media report here said that an investigation had revealed that the attack was planned in Pakistan’s restive North Waziristan tribal region and the bomber is believed to have been sent by Kashmiri, the fugitive chief of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir chapter of HuJI.

US intelligence agencies have earlier marked Kashmiri as being closed to both Al Qaeda and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.

Media reports last year had said that Kashmiri was killed in a US drone attack in North Waziristan in September along with Al Qaeda leader Nazimuddin Zalalov.

However, he resurfaced the following month and promised retribution against the US.

An interior ministry official said Pakistani authorities are trying to trace Kashmiri for his involvement in several terrorist attacks across the country.