NEW YORK - A senior commander, connected to the Afghan Taliban and involved with the attack against the US Central Intelligence Agency that left eight people dead, says the bombing was retaliation for US drone strikes in the Pak-Afghan border region. We attacked this base because the team there was organising drone strikes in Loya Paktia and surrounding area, the commander, who was not named, was quoted as saying in a dispatch from Kabul published in The Wall Street Journal Monday. He was referring to the area around Khost, the city where the US facility was attacked on Dec 30. The suicide attack killed a woman who was the station chief along with six other CIA officers and one private-security contractor. We attacked on that particular day because we knew the woman who was leading the team was there, the commander said. The claims couldnt be independently verified by Sunday and an effort to contact the CIA over the weekend for comment wasnt successful, the Journal said. Both the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attacks, the newspaper noted. In the past, the Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for attacks and Western officials have rejected those claims. Some drone strikes had been coordinated from Forward Operating Base Chapman, Western officials said. The strikes were to target senior leaders of Al-Qaeda, the Pakistani Taliban and an Afghan group called the Haqqani Network. The CIA operatives located at Chapman, near the Pakistani border, were involved in cultivating informants to target insurgent leaders using ground raids and drone strikes. A number of leaders of these three groups have been killed by the strikes, which mostly occur on the Pakistani side of the border, according to the newspaper. Al-Qaeda and the leadership of the Haqqani Network are believed to have bases in this area, it claimed. The strikes have caused anger in the tribal border areas, stemming from claims that civilians also have been killed.