The Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan) have claimed responsibility for yesterday’s attack on a UN office in Islamabad, stating that international relief is not in the interest of Muslims. A Taliban spokesman is reported as saying:
“We proudly claim the responsibility for the suicide attack at the U.N. office in Islamabad. We will send more bombers for such attacks..The U.N. and other foreign (aid groups) are not working for the interest of Muslims. We are watching their activities. They are infidels.”
As far as I am aware this is the first time a suicide attack has hit a major NGO in Pakistan. I wonder how this will impact on the UN’s operations in the region. When their HQ in Baghdad was attacked by a suicide cement-truck bomb in August 2003, killing 17, the organisation pulled out for some time.