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December 25, 2010 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Laura King, Special to The Times
A suicide bomber dressed in an all-enveloping burka struck a crowded food distribution center in Pakistan's volatile tribal region Saturday, killing at least 42 people and injuring more than 60 others, officials said. The attack in the town of Khar, the administrative center of the Bajaur tribal area, came amid ongoing fighting between Pakistan security forces and insurgents in the region bordering Afghanistan. A major clash in the neighboring Mohmand tribal area about 24 hours earlier had left 11 troops and about two dozen militants dead.
November 12, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
A suicide truck bombing Thursday brought down a police building and surrounding structures in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, killing at least 20 people in an attack that underscored the militants' resilience despite military offensives in their strongholds. The target was the Crime Investigation Department headquarters, in a heavily secured neighborhood less than 100 yards from the provincial chief minister's residence and not far from the U.S. consulate. The powerful blast created a 10-foot-wide crater in the ground and destroyed the CID building, along with several nearby residential buildings.
January 12, 2009 | Laura King
Hundreds of militants crossed over from Afghanistan to attack a Pakistani military outpost Sunday, officials said, in an illustration of the merging of the Taliban insurgency on the two sides of the border. The attack pointed up the growing boldness of militants in the lawless tribal areas abutting Afghanistan as Pakistan has diverted some forces to the frontier with India.
February 11, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez and Zulfiqar Ali, Los Angeles Times
The death toll in a suicide bomb blast at a Pakistani military training school rose to 32 on Thursday, underscoring militants' ability to strike sensitive installations despite army offensives aimed at uprooting the insurgents. The attack occurred at the Punjab Regiment Center in the northwestern city of Mardan just as cadets were going through morning exercises. Zeeshan Haider, a local police official, said a teenage boy dressed in the uniform of a nearby school appeared on the grounds and detonated the explosives-laden vest he was wearing.
January 14, 2006 | Josh Meyer and Zulfiqar Ali, Special to The Times
A U.S. airstrike on a suspected Al Qaeda compound in a remote region of Pakistan targeted Osama bin Laden's second in command, U.S. officials said Friday, adding that they were investigating the possibility that the Egyptian militant had been killed. The CIA and other counter-terrorism agencies would not comment officially on speculation that Ayman Zawahiri was among a handful of suspected senior Al Qaeda militants killed in the airstrike in the Bajaur region near the Afghan border early Friday.
February 24, 2009 | Laura King
A week after Pakistani authorities struck a controversial accord with Taliban militants in a violence-plagued valley in Pakistan's northwest, the terms of the deal remained clouded amid a Pakistani diplomatic push to gain American support. The lingering confusion coincides with visits to the United States this week by two high-ranking Pakistani officials: army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
August 31, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Fighter jets bombed Taliban hide-outs in Pakistan's troubled northwest while troops pushed into militant territory on the ground, killing at least 40 insurgents in a 24-hour siege, the army said Saturday. Separately, five others died when an explosion ripped through a house near the border with Afghanistan, local officials said. Claims that it was a missile strike could not immediately be confirmed. Pakistan's 5-month-old civilian government has been beset by violence and political instability since Pervez Musharraf was forced to resign as president two weeks ago, adding to the many challenges facing the Muslim nation of 168 million people.
August 11, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez and Nasir Khan, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A coordinated attack involving a remote-control bomb blast and a female suicide bomber killed seven people in Peshawar on Thursday, ending a stretch of relative calm in the volatile northwest city. The blasts occurred at a police checkpoint in the city of 1.4 million people perched on the edge of Pakistan's tribal belt along the Afghan border, where Taliban militants and their allies maintain strongholds. Plagued by scores of suicide bomb attacks in recent years, Peshawar has seen a lull in militant violence in the last few weeks.
April 23, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Afghan rebels said Monday that a government Scud missile attack killed more than 300 people in this provincial capital in northeastern Afghanistan over the weekend, and the guerrillas planned swift revenge. But the Soviet-backed government in Kabul rejected the charge that its forces fired three Soviet-made Scuds into Asadabad, capital of Kunar province, Saturday evening, blaming the incident on what it called an attack by one rebel group on another's arsenals.
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