Pakistan’s most wanted claims Lahore attack, threatens US

LAHORE, March 31, 2009 (AFP) – Pakistan’s most wanted militant Tuesday claimed responsibility for a deadly police academy assault and threatened to attack the US capital in retaliation for a series of air strikes.

Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, for whom the United States has posted a five-million-dollar reward, said there would be more attacks after Monday’s raid on the Lahore police training school that left 12 people dead.

“We claim responsibility for the attack,” Mehsud, blamed for the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.

“This was in retaliation for the ongoing drone attacks in the tribal areas. There will be more such attacks.”

“Very soon we will take revenge from America, not in Afghanistan but in Washington, which will amaze the entire world,” Mehsud warned.

Seven cadets, a civilian and four attackers died in Monday’s raid on the police academy in eastern city Lahore, sparking fears that unrest is seeping out of the tribal badlands and into the heart of Pakistan.

Assailants armed with guns, grenades and suicide vests shot their way into the academy in the morning, triggering eight hours of gun