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Al-Qaeda claims Karachi attack in web statement

Al-Qaeda has claimed a suicide bomb attack in early March which killed five.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2006 08:39 IST

Al-Qaeda has claimed a suicide bomb attack in early March which killed five, including an American diplomat and a US consulate employee in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi just before US President George W Bush visited.

In the statement, whose authenticity could not be immediately verified, the organisation promised a "summer of hell" for US troops in Afghanistan.

"Dozens of suicide operations have been carried out in Pakistan and Afghanistan within the large Al-Qaeda campaign against Zionists and crusaders, including the attack against the US consulate in Karachi a day before the arrival of the biggest crusader (US President George W Bush)," the organisation said late on Saturday night.

The statement, signed "Al Qaeda, of the Afghanistan Jihad (holy war)" vowed that 2006 "would be decisive and that this summer would be hell for crusader soldiers and their agents among the renegades."

No organisation had previously claimed responsibility for the March 2 attack in which five people were killed and which happened two days before Bush visited Islamabad, the third stage of a tour of Southern Asia which also took him to Afghanistan and India.

First Published: Apr 30, 2006 08:39 IST