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Thursday, 25 October, 2001, 17:59 GMT 18:59 UK
Pakistani mourners swear revenge on US
The coffin of Ustad Farooq
The funeral crowds promised vengeance against the US
Some 2,000 people in the Pakistani city of Karachi attending the funeral of a leading Pakistan militant killed in a US air raid on the Afghan capital have promised revenge.

Ustad Farooq and at least 21 other members of the Pakistan-based Harkatul Mujahideen group were reported to have died in the raid earlier this week.

We feel no regret at his death, and we are also ready to continue his mission

Ustad Farooq's brother

They were believed to be attending a meeting inside a house in Kabul's Darul Amman area when it was hit by a bomb.

The bodies of eight of the dead men were reported to have been smuggled into Pakistan after Pakistani police tried to prevent them being carried across the border.

Harkatul Mujahideen, or Movement of the Holy Warriors, was recently included by the United States in the list of entities that it says are involved in acts of terrorism.

The group denies any involvement in such acts.

The Pakistani Government has also frozen the group's assets.

'No regret'

Farooq's brother, Abdul Rahim, was in defiant mood at the funeral.

Soldier on guard at Farooq's funeral
Keeping a close eye on the funeral

"My brother has sacrificed his life for the cause of Islam. He is a martyr," he told the Associated Press news agency.

"We feel no regret at his death, and we are also ready to continue his mission."

Farooq's supporters were in full cry at the funeral, chanting anti-American slogans and promising revenge for the deaths of Farooq and his colleagues.

Correspondents say it was the first time a large number of pro-Taleban foreign militants had been killed since the start of the US-led military strikes in Afghanistan.

Harkatul Mujahideen has been active in Indian-administered Kashmir for several years.

It has also been associated with the Taleban regime in Afghanistan and is believed to have close links with Osama Bin Laden.

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