Miramshah, Sept 7(ANI): The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the twin suicide blasts in Quetta on Wednesday, in which at least 24 people were killed and over 80 others wounded.
The bomb attacks were carried out to avenge the recent arrest of 'mujahedin brothers' by Pakistani security forces in Quetta, Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told a foreign news agency in a phone call from an undisclosed location.
When asked whether he was referring to the arrests of senior Al Qaeda leader Younis al-Mauritani and two other operatives, he replied, "Yes", and vowed to launch a bigger attack in future.
Mauritani, allegedly responsible for planning and conduct of Al Qaeda's international operations, was nabbed along with two other senior Al Qaeda operatives, Abdul Ghaffar Al Shami (Bachar Chama) and Messara Al Shami (Mujahid Amino) from suburbs of Quetta.
"He was planning to target US economic interests including gas and oil pipelines, power generating dams and strike ships and oil tankers through explosive laden speed boats in international waters," the Pakistan military said in a statement on Monday.
"This operation was planned and conducted with technical assistance of United States intelligence agencies with whom (Pakistan's) Inter-Services Intelligence agency has a strong, historic intelligence relationship," it added. (ANI)