Pakistani Taliban claim failed Times Square bomb

Last time I checked the Taliban were proficient in Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).  Why would they take responsibility for a failed attack?  Based on early reports the device if it were to have exploded could have caused a great deal of damage, but experts say that the device was poorly constructed.  Good for us the Terrorists Suck at it.

Department of Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano said that this was, “a potential terrorist attack”  Listen Janet, whether it went off or not it is still terrorism.  The definition of Terrorism is thus: the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious.

It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the claim. Security officials have urged caution, saying there could be links to other Islamist groups or to a domestic cause in the United States.

“The Pakistani Taliban announces its responsibility for the New York attack in revenge for the two leaders al-Baghdadi and al-Muhajir and Muslim martyrs,” said a statement on a website commonly used by Islamists.

Al Qaeda’s Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri — also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir — and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the purported head of its local affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq, were killed last month.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Sunday that the car bomb defused in New York’s Times Square may have been a terrorist attack. Officials held off identifying who might be responsible for the crude device, made of propane, gasoline, and fireworks.

Police found the car bomb, which was defused on Saturday evening, in a sport utility vehicle when the area was packed with tourists and theater-goers.

The al Qaeda-backed Pakistani Taliban is waging a bloody campaign marked by repeated suicide attacks to topple the U.S.-supported Pakistani government.

The Afghan Taliban shares the group’s anti-Western views and its ethnic Pashtun identity but has refrained from attacking the Pakistani government.

The Pakistani Taliban suffered a series of setbacks over the past year during Pakistani army offensives in their strongholds, including South Waziristan, which killed hundreds of militants and destroyed their bases.

via Pakistani Taliban claim failed New York bomb attack | Reuters.

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