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Pak probes pro-Taliban links to twin blasts

world Updated: Sep 05, 2007 15:19 IST

Pakistan has launched an investigation to probe suspected links between pro-Taliban militants and the twin bomb blasts in the garrison city of Rawalpindi near here, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

The two suicide bombings had on Tuesday ripped through an Army bus carrying Atomic Energy Commission employees and a busy market in Rawalpindi, killing at least 25 people and injuring 60 others.

Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier(retd) Javed Iqbal Cheema told the media that the government was probing suspected links to pro-Taliban militants backed by al-Qaeda who're fighting the security forces in the Islamic nation's tribal areas bordering the neighbouring Afghanistan.

"Though no one has claimed responsibility, both the suicide attacks are interlinked and an act of the same network who had carried out two attacks here in July," he said, adding the blasts're an extension of events in tribal areas.

According to a report published in the 'Daily Times', the security agencies are probing the involvement of one of the three militant groups in the attacks. The three groups are headed by Baitullah Mehsud, Qari Zafar and Qari Hussain respectively, the daily quoted unnamed sources as saying.

Officials had previously connected Mehsud with the radical clerics who ran the Lal Masjid which the security forces stormed in July to clear militants holed up there. Over a 100 people were killed in the operation.

It may be mentioned that yesterday the suicide bombers had struck minutes apart in daring coordinated strikes after the bus was first attacked at around 7.20 AM local time in the heart of the country's sensitive military zone posing fresh problems for embattled President Pervez Musharraf.