On Monday the Mehsud said that the raid in Lahore was retaliation for US drone attacks on tribal areas in northern Pakistan.
The boasts were made in a telephone interview. It is said that Mehsud called Western news organizations from an undisclosed location.
Times Online reports:
“Soon we will launch an attack in Washington that will amaze everyone in the world … The maximum they can do is martyr me. But we will exact our revenge on them from inside America.”
The threats appear to be a direct response to President Barack Obama’s “Afpak” strategy announced last Friday. The U.S. will be sending 21,000 more troops into Afghanistan and will spend $7.5 billion in Pakistan as to treat the two countries as a single military theater.
Mehsud said during the interview that he has set up a “Council of Mujahidin” by uniting different “to step up attacks on US and Nato forces in Afghanistan”.
The United States has offered an award of $5 million for the capture of Mehsud.