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August 12, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez and Nasir Khan, Los Angeles Times
A coordinated attack consisting of a remote-controlled bomb and a female suicide bomber killed at least six people Thursday in the volatile northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, ending a stretch of relative calm there. The blasts occurred at a police checkpoint in the city of 1.4 million people 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 recently has experienced a lull in militant violence.
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February 10, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez and Zulfiqar Ali, Los Angeles Times
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.
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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.
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September 24, 2008 | Julian E. Barnes and Henry Chu, Times Staff Writers
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.
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January 15, 2006 | Mubashir Zaidi and Zulfiqar Ali, Special to The Times
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!"
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January 18, 2006 | Mubashir Zaidi and Paul Watson, Special to The Times
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.
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August 22, 2008 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
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.
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March 3, 2008 | Zulfiqar Ali and Henry Chu, Special to The Times
A suicide bomber killed at least 42 people Sunday at a meeting called by tribal elders to deal with rising Taliban militancy in Pakistan's volatile northwest, authorities said. Dozens of people were wounded in the blast, the third in three days in the North-West Frontier Province, a rugged and largely lawless region where Pakistani security forces are waging an increasingly deadly fight against armed Taliban and Al Qaeda supporters.
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March 24, 2004 | Zulfiqar Ali, Special to The Times
A guerrilla ambush killed three Pakistani soldiers Tuesday and raised the death toll for the security forces to 32 after more than a week of fighting near the Afghan border. Thousands of Pakistanis have marched to protest the offensive ordered by President Pervez Musharraf and his cooperation with the U.S.-led war on terrorism. Violence has been growing throughout the region as Pakistani forces seek to root out suspected foreign militants and tribesmen accused of sheltering them.
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