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Danish Team Arrives in Pakistan After Embassy Bombing


A team of Danish diplomats and technical staff has arrived in Pakistan's capital to work with police investigating Monday's suicide bombing outside Denmark's embassy.

Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed Sadiq told reporters Thursday the Danish team was meeting with police officials and assessing damage to the embassy building in Islamabad, but was not an investigation team.

On Wednesday, an al-Qaida group claimed responsibility for the suicide car bomb attack that killed at least six people and wounded more than 25 others.

An Internet statement signed by al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan, Mustafa Abu al-Yazeed said the attack was to avenge the publication in a Danish newspaper of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, deemed offensive to Muslims.

Pakistani Foreign Ministry officials would not comment directly on the claim of responsibility, but said it would not affect Pakistan's peace negotiations with militants in the country's tribal region.

Al-Qaida's claim was made hours after Danish intelligence officials investigating the attack said it was meticulously planned for a long time.

Danish officials also said they have shared video from the embassy's surveillance camera with Pakistani authorities. The video shows a car arriving outside the embassy's entrance and exploding.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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