In the meantime, the Taliban and al Qaeda aren't sitting back and taking the ongoing efforts to roll up the terror networks. They struck back today with a vengeance in a suicide bombing that killed at least 11 at a Pakistani law enforcement building in Lahore. It was a massive explosion, estimated by Pakistani authorities at 1,300 pounds of explosives. A Taliban group claimed responsibility:
“We claim responsibility for the Lahore blast. We will continue such attacks in future,” Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Azam Tariq told two AFP reporters in telephone calls from an undisclosed location.
“The attack was to avenge (US) drone attacks and (Pakistani) military operations in the tribal areas. We will carry on such attacks as long as drone strikes and operations continue.”
A car bomb explosion killed 12 people and injured 81 others near the FIA and the Special Investigative Agency buildings in Model Town, Lahore on Monday.
“Eleven people have been killed and several others injured in a suicide car bombing, which took place near the FIA and the Special Investigative Agency buildings in Lahore,” the commissioner of Lahore said.
Latest reports state that the Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the target was the Special Investigative Agency and not the FIA building.
The NY Times refers to the building as a safe house where the Pakistani FIA (Federal Investigative Agency) interrogates prisoners.