- The Washington Times - Monday, June 17, 2002

KARACHI, Pakistan FBI agents fanned out yesterday over the site of a deadly car bombing outside the U.S. Consulate, seeking clues as investigators tried to reconstruct how the attack took place.
About 20 Americans most, if not all, FBI agents flown in to help in the probe extensively videotaped and photographed the scene of carnage where 12 persons died and 44 were injured in a massive blast on Friday.
The death toll rose to 12 yesterday when an injured constable who had been guarding the consulate died in a hospital, Dr. Seemi Jamali said. He was identified as Ubaid Ullah.
Police said they were taking seriously a claim of responsibility from a previously unknown group called al-Qanoon, or the Law. The group said yesterday in a fax to the Pakistani newspaper Umat that if President Pervez Musharraf didn't resign, more attacks would come.
Although nothing was known of al-Qanoon, officials have long predicted that al Qaeda fugitives from Afghanistan and Pakistani religious extremists would mount attacks in revenge for the U.S. war against terror.
Two small bombs attached to Pakistani tanker trucks used to supply gasoline to U.S. troops exploded early yesterday in Kandahar, Afghanistan, causing some damage but no injuries.
Government officials said they suspected al Qaeda or Taliban supporters might have been responsible for the blast at the gas station near the U.S. base at Kandahar airport. They said the attackers might have planned to detonate the bombs as the trucks entered the heavily defended air base, about six miles away.
The owners of the gas station and adjoining restaurant also speculated that jealous business competitors might be responsible. Such rivalries are not uncommon in southern Afghanistan. It was the fourth attack around Kandahar in the past month against U.S. troops or American interests.
In Pakistan, Islamist groups are angry at Gen. Musharraf for abandoning the nation's longtime Taliban allies and backing the war on terror after the September 11 attacks in the United States.


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