Boston Marathon Bombings: Pakistani Taliban Deny Involvement

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Still image taken from a video shows a Pakistani Taliban fighter firing a weapon as he receives training in Ladda, South Waziristan tribal region
A Pakistani Taliban fighter fires a weapon as he receives training in Ladda, South Waziristan tribal region. (still image from video shot in December 2011)

The Pakistani Taliban said it had nothing to do with the explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday, which killed at least three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and wounded more than 140.

"We have no connection to this bombing, but we will continue to target them wherever possible,"  Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told Agence France Presse.

“We believe in attacking the U.S. and its allies, but we are not involved in this attack.”

TTP is based in the lawless border between Pakistan and Afghanistan and has been blamed for some of the deadliest terror attacks on Pakistani government and military targets as part of its insurgency movement designed to establish Islamic law in the country and rid it of U.S. influence.

In May 2010, the TTP claimed it was indirectly involved in the failed attempt by Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad to place a car bomb in Times Square. Shahzad was subsequently arrested and eventually imprisoned for life.

During his trial, Shahzad said he was trained by Pakistani Taliban on bomb-making but that he operated as a lone wolf. However, videos later revealed images of Shahzad embracing Hakimullah Mehsud, commander of the TTP.

While some U.S. officials believe the Boston bombings constitute a terrorist attack, President Obama has warned against jumping to any conclusions.

 

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