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 11, 2011 |
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.
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.
February 24, 2009 |
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.
March 3, 2008 |
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.