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US rejects Taliban role in NY shooting
Sun Apr 5, 2009 6:38AM
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The US has rejected that Taliban has been behind a shooting rampage outside a US civic center in New York that left fourteen people dead.

A top Taliban leader on Saturday claimed responsibility for the terrorist act which occurred at the American Civic Association in Binghamton in New York on Friday.

"I accept responsibility. They were my men. I gave them orders in reaction to US drone attacks," Pakistani Taliban leader Baituallah Mehsud told a news channel by phone from an undisclosed location.

However, FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said, "Based on the evidence, we can firmly discount that claim."

Police said the gunman took around 20 to 40 people hostage before starting the shooting. Four people were critically wounded and 37 others were safely escorted out.

Binghamton's Police Chief Joseph Zikuski also denied the claim, saying that 41-year-old Jiverly Wong killed 13 people at the building before taking his own life.

"As far as we know, there is absolutely no indication whatsoever that there is any type of terrorist activity in any way involved in this," Zikuski told a press conference.

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