by Florian Flade
On October 15 in the Tajik dominated central Afghan province of Panjshir, four suicide bombers attacked a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) base of NATO, killing two drivers and two guards. According to news reports this was the first suicide bombing since 2001 and one of the first attacks on foreign troops in recent months.
The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadly assault. Today the „Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan“ (IMU) released two pictures showing the four alleged attackers of the Panjshir bombing. All of the IMU militants are from Afghanistan, mainly from the northern province of Kunduz.
This claim of responsibility by the IMU for an attack in Afghanistan clearly show´s the group´s committment of continuing the attack campaign in the country. In the provinces of Baghlan, Kunduz and Takhar, ISAF and Afghan security have increased the pressure on IMU, hunting down their leaders and commanders. The Panjshir attack might indicate IMU has infiltrated various provinces or has retreated from the former heartlands in and around Kunduz.