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September 16, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
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August 11, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez and Nasir Khan, Los Angeles Times
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.
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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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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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November 1, 2008 | Zulfiqar Ali and Laura King, King is a Times staff writer and Ali a special correspondent.
A pair of missile strikes hours apart killed at least 27 people Friday near the border with Afghanistan, only days after Pakistan demanded that the United States halt an intensifying campaign of using Predator drones to hit at Taliban and Al Qaeda militants. The dead in the first attack, in Pakistan's North Waziristan, included a mid-level Al Qaeda operative, Abdur Rehman, according to a senior Pakistani security official.
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November 13, 2008 | Zulfiqar Ali and Laura King, Ali is a special correspondent and King is a Times staff writer.
In a methodical attack Wednesday, gunmen with automatic weapons cornered and killed an American aid worker and his Pakistani driver in the capital of Pakistan's volatile northwest region. The American was identified by police and colleagues as Stephen Vance, who was working under contract to an organization that carries out development projects in Pakistan's tribal areas, a stronghold of the Taliban and Al Qaeda. The tribal areas lie between Peshawar, the regional capital, and the Afghan border.
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