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TTP claims responsibility for Quetta, Lahore attacks

By The Assam Tribune

ISLAMABAD, Sept 4 (PTI) - The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for suicide attacks on Shia processions in Quetta and Lahore that killed nearly 100 people and warned that the group would launch attacks in the US and Europe.

Dreaded commander Qari Hussain, known as "ustad-e-fidayeen" (trainer of suicide attackers), told journalists in the country's northwest on phone yesterday that the attacks in the two cities were carried out by Taliban suicide bombers.

Though the Taliban are fighting the US and the Pakistan government, Shias were also the targets of the militants, he said.

"Our war is against America and Pakistan," Hussain said. Attacks on the pattern of the botched car bombing in New York's Time Square will be carried out in Europe and the US soon, he said.

More attacks in Europe and the US will prove that the Taliban are "still organised and active," he said.

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