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Sep 4th, 2010

Death Toll Rises to 65 in Attack on Pakistanis

Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility

People who were injured by an explosion lie on a road during a Shiite procession in Quetta, Pakistan on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. (Photo credit: Arshad Butt / AP)

By Abdul Sattar

September 4, 2010

QUETTA, Pakistan — The death toll from a Pakistani Taliban suicide attack on a Shiite Muslim procession rose to 65 Saturday as critically wounded people died in hospitals, while a suspected U.S. missile strike killed seven insurgents in a restive tribal area.

About 150 people were wounded and some remained in critical condition after the bombing Friday in the southwestern city of Quetta, police official Mohammed Sultan said.

The attack was the second in a week against Shiites for which the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility. A triple suicide bombing Wednesday killed 35 people at a Shiite ceremony in the eastern city of Lahore.

“Our war is against American and Pakistani security forces, but Shiites are also our target because they, too, are our enemies,” Pakistani Taliban commander Qari Hussain Mehsud told The Associated Press.

He said he was proud the U.S. had added the Pakistani Taliban to its international terrorism blacklist Wednesday and threatened attacks in coming days in the U.S. and Europe.

“We will prove that we have ability to strike right in their countries,” Mehsud said. …

Meanwhile, two U.S. missiles fired from unmanned aircraft hit a house and a vehicle Saturday evening in a village near Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region, officials said. The attack killed seven militants, four of them foreigners, they added. …

Full story


Video shows moment of suicide blast (MSNBC, Sept. 3, 2010) — Bystander video captures the moment when a suicide bomber detonated at a Shiite rally in Pakistan. At least 43 people were killed. Chris Jansing reports. (00:37)


9/6/10 Update

Schoolchildren killed in Pakistan suicide attack (NBC News, Sept. 6, 2010) — A suicide bomber struck a school van, then rammed his car into a police station in northwest Pakistan on Monday killing at least 17 people, including children, police said. … There were conflicting reports of the death toll, with NBC News and The Associated Press reporting 17 dead, and Reuters saying at least 19 were killed. … Full story


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