US rejects Taliban claim for NYK attack
Saturday 4th April, 2009 (IANS)
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has dismissed claims made by the Pakistan Taliban that it was responsible for an attack in New York State in which a lone gunman killed 13 people.
'Based on the evidence, we can firmly discount that claim,' Richard Kolko, an FBI spokesman, said Saturday.
Pakistan's top Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud had claimed in phone calls to some media outlets that he had ordered the shooting in a direct response to the drone attacks carried out by US forces on Pakistani tribal areas and a second attacker had managed to escape.
A lone gunman took more than 40 immigrants hostage Friday when they were taking a citizenship class at the American Civic Association building in Binghamton, located around 225 km northwest of New York City.
The attacker, identified as Vietnamese immigrant Jiverly Wong, 42, killed 13 people before shooting himself in the head. Four people were also critically wounded.