Taliban vow to continue to attack weddings, funerals in Pakistan
While claiming credit for Thursday's deadly attack at a funeral in the district of Dir, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said it would continue to hit at weddings and funerals of tribal groups who support the Pakistani and US governments. From CNN:
The threat came as the Taliban claimed responsibility for Thursday's suicide blast targeting a funeral procession for a member of an anti-Taliban militia.
"Anyone who supports the U.S. and Pakistani military will face the same fate," Taliban spokesman Siraj-ud Din said. "We will target funeral processions and wedding ceremonies of those who support the U.S."
Din said Friday that the deceased and his attendants were enemies of Taliban because of their pro-government activity.
Siraj-ud Din's threat is nothing new. Since December 2007, Pakistani Taliban groups have conducted 35 major terror attacks at mosques, shrines, funerals, weddings, and religious processions. See LWJ report, Suicide bomber kills 31 mourners at funeral in Pakistan's northwest, for a list of such attacks.