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Pak Taliban commander claims responsibility for NY shooting

Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud today claimed responsibility for a shooting incident at an immigration services office in New York which claimed 14 lives, saying it was carried out by a Pakistani and another man to avenge the missile strikes by US drones in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. See pics

world Updated: Apr 04, 2009 16:32 IST

Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud on Saturday claimed responsibility for a shooting incident at an immigration services office in New York which claimed 14 lives, saying it was carried out by a Pakistani and another man to avenge the missile strikes by US drones in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

Mehsud telephoned reporters to claim responsibility for Friday's shooting at the immigration services centre in a small town of Binghamton in western New York state.

The Pakistani Taliban commander claimed the attack was launched by a Pakistani man and another unidentified man.

The chief of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan warned that "such attacks would continue" to avenge missile strikes by US drones in tribal areas and "brutalities in Palestine."

Mehsud also pointed out that he had said a few days ago that his militants would carry out attacks on American soil.

The claim by the Pakistani Taliban commander came hours after a US drone attack in North Waziristan tribal agency killed 13 people, including women and children.

Authorities in New York said a man armed with two handguns killed 13 people at an immigration services centre before turning the gun on himself. The gunman was believed to be of Vietnamese-origin.

Mehsud had recently claimed responsibility for the terrorist siege of a police training centre at Manawan near Lahore that killed eight persons and injured over 90 as well as for two recent suicide attacks.