September 16, 2009 |
Burka-clad assailants armed with Kalashnikov rifles and hand grenades tried to attack an oil terminal in southern Pakistan, killing a security guard who intercepted them and fleeing as police arrived, officials said Tuesday. The three attackers, dressed in the all-encompassing garment worn by some Muslim women, tried to enter the terminal Monday in the port city of Karachi where oil supplies arrive for the country's largest refinery, police said. A security guard on duty confronted them but was shot to death by the attackers.
August 11, 2011 |
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.
February 10, 2011 |
The death toll in a suicide bomb blast at a military training school in the northwest city of Mardan rose to 32 Thursday in an attack that underscored militants' ability to strike sensitive Pakistani installations despite a series of army offensives aimed at uprooting the country's homegrown insurgency. The attack occurred at the Punjab Regiment Center, an army training camp, just as cadets had assembled on the grounds and were going through their morning exercises. Zeeshan Haider, a local police official, said a teenage boy dressed in a school uniform appeared on the grounds and detonated the explosives-laden suicide vest he was wearing.
September 24, 2008 |
A recent push by Pakistan's army into the country's lawless tribal region has helped American troops fighting in the nearby border areas of Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told U.S. senators Tuesday. Gates praised the effort in deflecting demands by lawmakers that Pakistan's new civilian government permit more forceful U.S. action against militants who battle American forces in Afghanistan and then flee to Pakistan.
January 15, 2006 |
The government demanded an explanation Saturday for a U.S. airstrike on a remote village near the Afghan border that Pakistani officials said missed Al Qaeda's second in command but killed a number of civilians, including women and children. Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed called the attack "highly condemnable," and demonstrations erupted in the border region near the scene of the Friday morning attack. A crowd that gathered at a market shouted "God is great!" and "Down with America!"
January 18, 2006 |
Last week's airstrike targeting Al Qaeda's deputy leader, Ayman Zawahiri, killed at least four foreign militants believed by U.S. intelligence officials to be among the Egyptian doctor's top aides, Pakistani officials and U.S. sources said Tuesday. The attack Friday by CIA drone aircraft armed with missiles sparked angry protests nationwide after it killed several women and children.
August 22, 2008 |
In a devastating strike that signals that this week's departure of President Pervez Musharraf will bring no letup in their bloody campaign, Islamic militants took aim Thursday at a highly symbolic target: Pakistan's main weapons-building complex. At least 60 people were killed and about 100 injured when a pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up at the gates of the sprawling munitions complex at Wah cantonment, about 30 miles northwest of Pakistan's capital, Islamabad. It was midafternoon; most of those wounded or killed were workers finishing a shift at one of the many factories within, or arriving for the next.
April 29, 2010 |
Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mahsud is alive, Pakistani security sources said Thursday, reversing assertions early this year that he had been killed in a U.S. drone missile strike. The report that Mahsud, 28, survived a January strike near the border of North and South Waziristan, if verified, represents a major blow to U.S. and Pakistani efforts to uproot Islamic militants from their stronghold in the largely ungoverned tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan. "He's alive.
October 5, 2009 |
In one of the most lethal gun battles for American troops in the Afghan war, insurgents attacked a pair of relatively lightly manned bases near the Pakistan border over the weekend, triggering a daylong battle that left eight Americans and as many as half a dozen Afghan troops dead. The toll was the highest in a single incident for American forces in Afghanistan since nine U.S. soldiers died in a strikingly similar insurgent assault 15 months ago on an outpost in the same northeastern province, Nuristan.