- Feb 23, 2009
Paramilitary man held for WFP suicide bombing
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Saturday that a paramilitary soldier had been arrested for his alleged involvement in the Oct 5 suicide attack on the UN food agency’s office in Islamabad that killed five of its staffers.
The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for targeting the World Food Programme, saying the agency’s work was not in “the interest of Muslims”.
The minister did not reveal the identity of the man, but said he was also involved in the Dec 2 suicide attack outside the Pakistan Navy’s headquarters in Islamabad that killed one guard and wounded 11 others. Talking to journalists, Mr Malik ruled out the presence of controversial firm Blackwater in Pakistan. “I state again with full responsibility and as per available record that there is no Blackwater in the country. A hype is being created.”
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