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World Briefing / Pakistan

29 killed in suicide bombing

September 19, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A suicide car bomber destroyed a two-story hotel in northwest Pakistan, killing 29 people and wounding 55.

The blast was the second attack in two days in the area close to the border with Afghanistan.

It took place in the Shiite-dominated village of Usterzai, raising speculation that it may have been a sectarian assault by Sunni extremists. Islamist militants have also staged bombings in the northwest to warn people against cooperating with security forces.

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