Baitullah Mehsud, a Pakistani warlord allied with the Taliban and al-Qaeda, has taken credit for the recent attack on a police academy in Lahore. In media interviews today he threatened to attack Washington D.C.
Mehsud told the Guardian newspaper, “You can’t imagine how we could avenge this threat inside Washington, inside the White House.” He told the Associated Press, “Soon we will launch an attack in Washington that will amaze everyone in the world.”
The United States has authorized a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to capture of Mehsud. He is believed to have been the mastermind of the January 2007 attack on the Islamabad Marriott. Mehsud is also implicated in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan.
According to the Associated Press, “FBI spokesman Richard Kolko says Mehsud has made similar threats in the past. Mehsud has no record of actually striking targets abroad although he is suspected of being behind a 10-man cell arrested in Barcelona in January 2008 for plotting suicide attacks in Spain.”
Pakistan’s Taliban leader threatens attacks in the U.S. (Los Angeles Times)
We will launch attack on America (Times of London Online)
Taliban Leader’s Washington Threat is Credible (Fox News)
After Lahore, Washington is our Target (NDTV)
Taliban threatens attack in D.C. (Washington Times)