Taliban Warns Pakistan of Major Attacks

Tells residents to flee after blasts in two more cities kill 11
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted May 28, 2009 4:18 PM CDT
A commercial building burns in Qissa Khawani bazaar after a bomb blast in Peshawar earlier today.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
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(Newser) – The Taliban claimed responsibility for bombings in two more Pakistani cities today that killed at least 11 and promised that more attacks were on the way, the New York Times reports. The group also took credit for yesterday's bombing in Lahore that killed 26, calling the new wave of assaults retaliation for the government crackdown in the Swat valley.

“We want the people of Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, and Multan to leave those cities, as we plan major attacks against government facilities in coming days and weeks,” a Taliban operative told Reuters. A government spokesman called the attacks a sign of desperation. “We are really pushing them. We are winning the war and that is why they are resorting to these desperate measures.”