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Video of suicde attackers emerges

Investigators inspect the site of a bomb blast in Karachi a day after the attack on the CID, November 12, 2010. — Photo by AFP

KARACHI: A chilling video posted on the internet a year after a suicide attack on a CID office building in Karachi shows three young men being trained, filming their target, the heavily-guarded premises, and appearing before the camera for interviews before carrying out the attack.

The 15-minute video has been produced by ‘Umer Studio’, said to be the media wing of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, and posted by the Global Islamic Media Front on different websites.

The focus is on the three youngsters engaged in armed training at an unspecified place. They appear before the camera one by one and describe their motive.

Before the interviews of Rahmanullah, Farmanullah and Khan Mohammad, the video with voiceover explains their reasons for the attack in which more than 20 people, several policemen among them, were killed. The building was situated in what is supposed to be a most secure area of the city, at a walking distance from the Chief Minister’s House and two five-star hotels.

The video shows the filming of the building and the explosives-laden mini-truck used in the attack.

The voiceover says: “Under the designed plan, Rahmanullah and Farmanullah destroyed the security arrangements through firing and hand-grenade attacks and Khan Mohammad drove the explosives-laden truck into the CID building that brought the structure down. It was in revenge for killings of Islamic scholars, clerics and cruelty against mujahideen.”

The video shows some senior Sindh police officers as TTP’s high-value targets.

On Sept 19, the DHA home of Aslam Khan, named in the video as a target, came under a bomb attack that killed more than half a dozen people, including his guards.

At the end, the video shows the date 27 Jamadius Sani, 1432 Hijri, suggesting its original release in May.

In their Pushto interviews translated into Urdu in subtitles, the three attackers repeatedly said that they had not been forced to commit suicide and that they had chosen it willingly, without any pressure or greed.

“I belong to a well-to-do family,” Khan Mohammad said. “We have our own business and I am the key man to run this business. I am not angry with my family, neither fed up with life. I have travelled extensively in Afghanistan and Pakistan and seen my Muslim brothers being arrested and tortured by Americans who have come from far away only for this brutality. That’s why I offered myself for a suicide attack.”

He also mentioned having visited a Fidayeen Markaz (training centre for suicide attackers). “I am fit and healthy and can fight anywhere but I have offered myself for the suicide attack only to defeat the enemy’s technology. The enemy has technology that can only be defeated by the suicide attack.”