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Qaeda says CIA attack 'revenge' for drone killings: SITE

world Updated: Jan 07, 2010 09:08 IST

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Al-Qaeda said the suicide bombing at a US base in Afghanistan that killed seven CIA agents was "revenge" for the deaths of top militants in US drone strikes in Pakistan, the US monitoring group SITE said on Thursday.

A Jordanian identified as Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, who was said to be a triple agent, blew himself up
at the base in Khost on December 30 in the deadliest attack against the CIA since 1983.

The head of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, said the bomber wrote in his will that the attack was revenge for "our righteous martyrs" and named a number of top militants killed in US drone attacks, SITE reported.

These included Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of Pakistan's Taliban blamed for a wave of deadly attacks including the killing of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto in December 2007.

Mehsud was killed when a US missile slammed into his father-in-law's house in August last year.

Another militant named was Abu Saleh al-Somali, described as part of Al-Qaeda's core leadership and responsible for plotting attacks in Europe and the United States, who was killed in a drone strike in the North Waziristan area in December last year.

The Al-Qaeda statement surfaced after another round of US drone strikes left 11 militants dead near Pakistan's Afghan
border yesterday.