March 8th, 2011
03:06 PM ET

Taliban claims responsibility for deadly attack

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Tuesday for a deadly attack in Punjab province.

At least 24 people - mostly civilians - were killed and 105 others were wounded when a bomb went off at a compressed natural gas station Tuesday, officials said.

Tahir Hussain, commissioner of Faisalabad - where the blast occurred - called it an act of terrorism.

Ihsanullah Ihsan, spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, told CNN the target was the regional office of Pakistan's top spy agency, the ISI.

The intelligence agency building experienced no major damage, said Naseem Sadiq, a senior government official in Faisalabad.

Among the dead were an intelligence officer and a schoolteacher, Sadiq said.

Some people were trapped under the rubble but rescuers managed to get them out, officials said.

A large crater at the blast site suggested the explosion was caused by a device planted at the pump, said Hussain. When it went off, it triggered a second explosion at the gas station, he said.

Ihsan said the ISI had killed many Taliban fighters over the years and had handed over some to the United States in return for money. He warned that his group will continue to target the ISI in revenge.

Pakistan has the highest number of vehicles running on compressed natural gas (CNG) as well as the most refueling stations in the world, according to December 2009 figures from the International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles.

The New Zealand-based trade group placed the number of CNG stations in Pakistan at 3,068.

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  1. pamiri

    The dog of Americans are very good than the king of the Pakistan-Iran_Russia, China, Soudia Arabea

    March 10, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I don't speak with the dogs, but with their owner.

      March 10, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. salerno

    Pamiri – you may live in Kabul, but you have no knowledge of international policy. You are a worthless guy, just working for the americans.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
    • pamiri

      The international forces policy and the Afghan policy has a very connected ties, each other, if this two bother the Pakistan,Iran, Russia, China and Soudi Arabia then what should we do, we are not thinking to benifit enimies, we must know our friends and our enimies well,

      March 10, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Pamiri – you are a dog of the americans, like sayed told to you earlier on.

        March 10, 2011 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy

        Pamiri ..Great posts

        March 11, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. pamiri

    They Taliban are the slave of Pakistan, Iran, Russia, China , Saudi Arabia, but you should no the United States has the democracy system and the government is from the people, working for the people,, but the mentioned countries as I mentioned the most slavery system is predominated in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, which already you are under the system, and we are trying to show you the way of living as human being according to the god that says, you live and let other to live and you respect each others and do not make discriminations among the people and religions, but the most you are doing (affiliated to Alqaeda) terrorists.

    The truth is that the international forces help and support our people in terms of rescuing them form Aqaeda , and bad neighbors like Pakistan, Iran, Russia and China then think who is doing for the people and who is killing people.

    March 9, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. salerno

    Additionally I support the policy line of rep. Senators like Buchanan or Ron Paul.

    March 9, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      Additionally you are a sick minded converted Muslim who holds the same ideological views as the Taliban and the Islamic terrorists who will follow the false prophet into the fiery pit!

      March 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Taliban were trained by thw Wahabees in S.Arabia with the support of US to fight the Soviet. You created and supported the Taliban, and the Saudi but , on the contrary, I consider the Wahabi an etherodoxic form of Islam as they born in the late 1700 with the end of the Ottoman empire, so they are a modern espression of islam.

        March 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Richard the Lionheart

    This whole Afghan blog has been perverted into a forum for taliban supporters and actual members (or wannabe members). The slob above actually thinks the tiny "t's" did a good thing.

    Pamiri as a lone voice of truth. Good, Pamiri! Don't give up and don't give in to the specious nonsense of your detractors. They murder, or would like to murder, just for sport.

    March 9, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Pamiri is just the new model of the american slave.

      March 9, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy

        salerno..is the new model of Taliban slave

        March 11, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dindi – I am not under controll of anyone, I am not in Afghanistan. You are stupid.

        March 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard the Lionheart

      And it follows that YOU would have us, rather, be slaves of the taliban. Or more llikely, murdered by them. What a guy!

      March 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Taliban are no perfect, but my italian friends lived and worked in Afghanistan under their ruling, and were accepted and protected .

        March 10, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. ThrillatheKilla

    Salerno running his Paki supporting mouth again. The BOY who thinks he knows it all but is STUPID. This is what happens when CAVEPEOPLE protect a known Terrorist that caused 911 to kill 3000 Americans. We don't want to be there either but, you must pay for your dasterly DEED, and you will 100 times over. Salerno, HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR JIHAD NOW STUPID?????? WAKING THE SLEEPER WAS NOT A SMART THING TO DO!!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Trillathekilla – PIECES OF CRAP LIKE YOU CAUSED 9/11. You got what you sown. After the 3000, another 7000 died, and you did not get Osama, AlZawahiri, Haqqani, Hussein because you are stupid. You spent trillions, while Osama spent just 5000$. Who is the winner ?? Idiot!

      March 9, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
      • ThrillatheKilla

        You are a LOSER TALIBANI RETARD, you will also pay and die you POS. I knew you were not Italian like you said you lying Beeeeooooochhh!! You are the American Taliban right?? More of you and your future the children will perish. You screw with the BULL, you get the HORNS MORON!!!!!!!

        March 9, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        You know NOTHING as your brain is restricted by the military. You will never get to me, little stupid !

        March 9, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
      • ThrillatheKilla

        Salerno, you sound like a stankin Politician with you running your uneducated CAVEMAN mouth. I really don't care. Its the Taliban thats KILLING your children and people. Thats what this article is about Albert Einstein!!!! I just love these wannabees who talk crap and don't have the testicles to come join the effort and get into the "GAME". You are just like the Taliban, for they too are COWARDS and run for their lives. Hey Talibani Salerno, tell your brothers and sisters, the Gunney is out there and waiting for them to run, for they will only DIE TIRED at 1500M. I'm keeping a crosshair out for you Talibani COWARD!!!!!!!

        March 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Thrillaidiot . The Taliban are not killing my children neither my people.If you like to think so keep on, as you are not important at all. Little imbecile.

        March 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • SANGARYAR

      YOU stupid ThrillatheKilla speak in a military language the way your MIC is speaking in world affairs but forget that despite huge weaponry, latest war machinery, they are helpless before few stateless individuals of Alqaida and barefooted Taliban in Afghanistan. NO doubt you Americans have got the right and have a licence to kill any one any where in the world but remember that has changed and every one has got the right to kill the mad dogs to save others from their poisonous bite,

      March 10, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
      • ThrillatheKilla

        Sangaryar, take your @ss whipping BOY!!!! America is too powerful for you cave beasts. We are killing you DOGS 10 to 1 and we are just getting started. The Taliban and Al-Quada have taken horrible losses and will continue to DIE like the PIGS they are. I will continue to keep a cross hair out for you all. Also don't go outside to poop in your hole as the American Steel Dragons are hungry and looking for some Pakistani Steak to eat. Good Luck PU**Y BOY!!!!!

        March 18, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. salerno

    In this kind of evil US sponsored war, always civilians are killed both sides as Taliban and non-Taliban. Only the american civilians are safe for now, but their barbaric military do not care about civilians of both sides. This is why US military is the real cancer.

    March 9, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. pamiri

    All the time Taliban is claiming that they do such bad and against humanity actions in Kabul in all Afghanistan, but Karzai and his some facist ministers like minister of eduation is saying that Taliban is not doing these all, now you image, how they want to support Taliban, than do their job well for the welfare of the people.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AlexanderTheGreat

    There are no words strong enough to express the degree of contempt these monsters should receive.

    March 8, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan from Chicago, IL

    God will give all the innocent people killed by the Taliban and their terrorist allies come judgment day when He will throw them into the Lake of fire burning with brimstone, following the false prophet and the beast!

    March 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      will give them justice.

      March 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. karen diette

    i heard from my son today and he said that the sec. of defense was in afghanistan and he said that he'll either be in the news or the news paper so i would like to know when this here will happen and what paper it will be in .

    March 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |