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Pakistani Taliban Claim Killing Of Saudi Diplomat


A policeman is reflected in the window of the in which the Saudi diplomat was traveling when it came under attack by gunmen.
Pakistan's Al-Qaeda-linked Taliban said today it had killed a Saudi Arabian diplomat in the Pakistani city of Karachi.

An unnamed Taliban spokesman, speaking from an undisclosed location, told Reuters by telephone that such attacks will continue "until America stops chasing Al-Qaeda and stops drone strikes" against militants.

Gunmen on motorcycles earlier today opened fire on the Saudi diplomat's car, killing him. The Saudi Embassy identified the diplomat as Hassan al-Qahtani and said he was an employee of the Saudi consulate in Karachi.

The shooting occurred days after unidentified attackers threw two hand grenades at the Saudi consulate. No one was injured in that attack.

Authorities say they are investigating whether the attacks were linked to the death of Saudi-born Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. special forces in a commando raid in Pakistan on May 2.

Al-Qaeda has vowed revenge for bin Laden's death.