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PoK attacker identified as Baitullah Mehsud's man

world Updated: Jun 27, 2009 18:39 IST
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The suicide bomber, who carried out the first-ever suicide bombing in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, was identified as a Taliban militant from Waziristan on Saturday, with media reports saying the incident could trigger an intra-militant fratricide.

The attack has apparently rattled the Pakistani leadership, which has reacted angrily saying such attempts will not destruct the security forces from carrying out their mission to bring stability to the restive NWFP and wipe out the Taliban from the region.

But the attack has triggered an alarm keeping in view the presence of large numbers of other militant groups in and around Muzaffarabad, the capital of PoK.

"The Kashmir area has a sizeable military presence, given its disputed status with India. The potential for attack is immense. Such a development could also bring extremist forces still based in Kashmir into the conflict and thus make it even more complicated than it already is," The News daily said in an editorial comment.

The bomber has been identified as Qadir, the son of Abdur Rahim, hailing from the Waziristan tribal region, PoK prime minister Sardar Yaqoob Khan told the region's assembly.

The area targeted by the bomber had barracks occupied by the 'Azad Kashmir Regiment', whose personnel are participating in the operation against the Taliban in Swat and nearby areas.