AUTHORITIES now believe a dangerous new militant group, out to avenge Lal Masjid operation three years ago, has carried out several major bombings in Islamabad previously blamed on the Taliban, a private TV channel reported on Thursday. The emergence of the Ghazi Force was part of the outrage among many over the July 2007 attack by security forces against the Lal Masjid. The new group is made up of relatives of students who died in the operation. It is named after the students leader, Maulana Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who was also killed. Islamabads IGP Kalim Imam, told an American news agency that the Ghazi Force was behind most of the deadliest attacks in the capital during the last three years. The attacks targeted the military, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency and a five-star hotel frequented by foreigners and the Pakistani elite. The Ghazi Force helped recruit a security official who blew himself up inside the office of the World Food Programme last October, killing five people, according to Imam. The force also sent a suicide bomber in September 2007 into the mess hall of the commando unit that attacked the Lal Masjid, killing 22 people, he said. Ghazi Force members may also have been involved in the audacious June 9 attack north of the capital that killed seven people and destroyed 60 vehicles ferrying supplies to NATO and US soldiers next door in Afghanistan, Imam said. Many of those attacks had been attributed to the Taliban. There is evidence of close ties between the Ghazi Force and the Taliban, which the government has vowed to crush. The Ghazi Force is believed to be headquartered in the Orakzai region, where the leader of the Pakistan Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, held sway for years. The leader of the Ghazi Force is believed to be Maulana Niaz Raheem, a former student at the Red Mosque.