Monday, March 15, 2004

"Libyan member of al-Qaida"

Pervez Musharraf has, for the first time, stated that it was Al-Qaeda that tried to kill him in December:

President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Monday that a Libyan member of al-Qaida was behind two assassination attempts against him in December, and vowed to rid Pakistan's tribal regions of hundreds of suspected foreign terrorists.

Musharraf, who escaped the attacks unhurt, did not name the Libyan suspect, who he said funded Islamic militants to carry out the bombings.

"The man who organized the suicide attacks against me was from Libya and a member of al-Qaida," he told a meeting of tribal elders in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

Musharraf has previously said al-Qaida could have played a part in the attacks, but this was the first time he explicitly identified a suspect.


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