Tehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for planting a car bomb in New York‘s Times Square on Saturday night and vowed to carry out future attacks on major U.S. cities.
In its statement posted on an Islamic website, the terrorist group claimed that it was to “avenge the killing of the two leaders al-Baghdadi and al-Mahajer and Muslim martyrs.”
IntelCenter, a US-based group that monitors media used by terrorists, reported that the leader of the TTP, Hakimullah Mehsud, reportedly killed in a CIA drone aircraft attack in January, appeared videos posted on the internet. In these videos, Mehsud threatened with furhter suicide strikes on American soil.
“The time is very near when our Fedayeen (fighters prepared to sacrifice) will attack the American states in their major cities,” warned Mehsud, in a video recorded on April 4, 2010.
Reportedly, three Taleban videos were released — two from Mehsud and one from Qari Hussain, a Pakistani Taleban suicide bombing trainer. Hussain said the Taleban “took full responsibility” for an attack inside the United States, but he failed to disclose additional details. However, U.S. officials dismissed Tehreek-e-Taleban’s claim as furhter investigation is being conducted.