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From: Otis Willie
Subject: FBI sifts through bombing in Pakistan
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 17:27:53 EDT
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 21:27:54 GMT
FBI sifts through bombing in Pakistan
(EXCERPT) Mon Jun 17, 8:27 AM ET
Jack Kelley USA TODAY
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- FBI ( news - web sites) agents searched the
scene of a car bombing outside the U.S. Consulate in Karachi on Sunday
as U.S. intelligence officials tried to learn more about the group
At least 11 people were killed and 45 injured when a car packed with
explosives blew up Friday. It left a hole in the consulate's perimeter
wall and blasted debris nearly half a mile away.
No Americans were killed in the blast, but a U.S. Marine guard and
five Pakistani employees at the consulate were slightly injured. A
previously unknown group calling itself Al-Qanoon, or the Law, said
its attack was the start of a holy war against the United States and
its ''puppet ally,'' the Pakistani government.
U.S. intelligence officials in Pakistan said they believe that
al-Qaeda or an affiliated militant Muslim group carried out the
bombing, but they said they had no proof. They also said they were
working with Pakistani police to determine who might be involved with
Retired Pakistani general Talat Masood, a security analyst, said
al-Qaeda's involvement ''cannot be ruled out. Surely, this is the
price we are paying for our support to the international community in
the war against terrorism.''
Violence has increased in Pakistan since President Pervez Musharraf
began last fall to pursue militant Muslims and allowed the United
States to base troops and equipment here for its war against the
Taliban in Afghanistan ( news - web sites). Friday's attack, the
fourth against foreigners since January, raised questions about the
ability of Musharraf and Pakistan's military to control militants who
oppose the government's support for the United States.
Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., a member of the Intelligence Committee, told
CNN on Sunday that al-Qaeda still has the capability to carry out
''There's still a lot of animus toward the United States and a real
determination to attack us whenever they can,'' Bayh said. ''It's not
like a hierarchical organization where if you cut off the head
everything else collapses.''
In Karachi on Sunday, nearly 20 FBI and other law enforcement
officials, many of whom were flown in to investigate the bombing,
sifted through and photographed debris from the explosion.
The FBI and Pakistani police said no one has been arrested.
Police first thought a suicide bomber had been responsible for the
attack. Now, investigators say they believe that a bomb had been
planted in a driver-education car carrying an instructor and three
female students. They say the bomber, who knew the vehicle would pass
by the consulate, probably detonated the device by remote control.
Immediately after the attack, the United States closed its consulates
in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar as well as the American Center in
Islamabad for the weekend. A decision whether to reopen the sites will
be made today.
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