Pakistani security officials amass outside the Marriott Hotel devastated in Islamabad on September 21, 2008, after an overnight suicide bomb attack. The Pentagon yesterday announced that a recent airstrike had killed Qari Yasin, who was associated to the bombing.
The Pentagon yesterday announced that it had killed a Pakistani terrorist leader having ties to al-Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban.
The Pentagon said that Qari Yasin was killed on March 19 in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province. It is believed that he was a “senior terrorist figure” and he had plotted the attack of 2009 on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore and the bombing of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad in 2008.
The 2008 suicide truck bombing in Islamabad killed over 50 people. “There have been many suicide bombs in the last year and a half in Pakistan, but few more devastating than this. Even hours after the blast, the Marriott Hotel burned with such ferocity that it appeared danger of collapse.
The Marriott is one of the two five-star hotels in Pakistan’s capital. It is the much preferred hotels with Western journalists, diplomats, and wealthy Pakistanis. Normally it is well-guarded. The explosion happened just after Iftar, the evening meal when Muslims end the fasting day during the holy month of Ramadan. Hotel owner Sadaruddin Hashwani said a truck laden with explosives came at the security barrier at the hotel front.”
The 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team i led to Pakistan’s being excluded from hosting major international cricket matches, and now the nation plays most “home” games in the United Arab Emirates.
Reuters reports that Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Department offered a 2 million rupee ($19,000) bounty for Yasin.
“The death of Qari Yasin is a proof that terrorists defaming Islam and targeting innocent people will not escape justice,” said Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.