Washington, May 3 (DPA) Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, in a first video message after his alleged death in a US strike, threatened strikes against the US, a terrorism internet watchdog said Monday.
Mehsud, in the nine-minute video released Sunday by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, said the ‘time was very near’ when his fighters would attack main US cities, the US-based IntelCenter said.
‘Our fedayeen (fighters) have penetrated the terrorist America, we will give extremely painful blows to the fanatic America,’ he said in the video, which was allegedly recorded April 4.
‘IntelCenter analysis indicates that this video is credible and an official release from the TTP’s [Tehrik-e-Taliban] Umar Studio,’ IntelCenter said.
Mehsud was reported killed in a US bombing in late January, but Taliban have rejected those reports.
Another video by Pakistan’s Taliban claimed responsibility for the failed car bomb in New York City’s Times Square on the weekend, the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks activities of terrorist groups, reported.
Officials have not commented on the video, though some groups have expressed scepticism about the claim.