UPI has reported that the deadly bombing of a Pakistan hotel came after Al-Qaida released a tape exhorting followers to step up attacks in the country.In a 90-minute tape produced by Al-Qaida to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a group leader calls for Pakistani targets to be hit. Although no one has officially claimed responsibility for the attack on Marriott but the tape is being considered as a strong link.
The senior Al-Qaida leader Mustafa Abu Yazzid says on the tape:
And we tell the jealous people of mujaheddin of Pakistan that in order for the jihad in Afghanistan to continue and be victorious, you must stand with your brothers the mujaheddin in Afghanistan to fight the puppet regime of Pakistan and its aggressive and tyrannical army and strike the interest of the crusader allies in Pakistan.
Yazzid also claimed responsibility for an attack earlier this year on the Danish embassy in Islamabad, which was said to be retaliation for the publication of cartoons in Denmark that Yazzid said mocked the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).