Taliban claim they attacked Pakistani premier's convoy

Other News Materials 3 September 2008 19:35 (UTC +04:00)

A spokesman for the Taliban in Pakistan's restive valley of Swat on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a gunfire attack on a motor convoy of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani just outside the capital Islamabad, dpa reported.

Gilani was not in his armoured limousine when two bullets fired by a long-range gun hit the vehicle's front side window Wednesday, causing only cracks in the ballistic glass.

"This has been carried out to avenge the military operation going on in Swat and the tribal region," Muslim Khan told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa by telephone from an undisclosed location.

"Every policy of those who are currently ruling this country is against Islam and the nation. These people want to please the Americans by shedding the blood of our children," he added.

Khan warned that unless Gilani and his government changed its pro-American policies, the Taliban would continue to target top officials in Islamabad.

"We want to tell them that if our children are not safe at their houses, they cannot feel safe and secure even in their armoured cars and well-guarded palaces," he said.