Monday, November 01, 2004
"Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith
Ex-Guantanamo Inmate Claims Hotel Blast.
ISLAMABAD (al-Reuters) - Abdullah Mehsud, a former Guantanamo Bay inmate who masterminded the kidnapping of two Chinese engineers, has claimed responsibility for a blast last week at Islamabad's Marriott Hotel, a journalist said on Monday.
Pakistani journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai said Abdullah, the target of a huge manhunt after the kidnapping of the engineers last month, made the claim after contacting him by telephone from an undisclosed location on Sunday.
"We carried out the Marriott bomb blast," Yusufzai quoted him as saying.
An explosion hit the Marriott Hotel on Thursday, injuring seven people, including a U.S. diplomat, two Italians and the Pakistani prime minister's chief security officer.