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Pakistan restaurant attack targets Westerners

The Islamabad attack injured four FBI agents and could signal a shift in tactics.

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Recent attacks on foreigners have been limited, Agence France-Presse reports. The last such attack in Islamabad – a 2002 suicide bombing in the diplomatic enclave – killed a US diplomat's wife and daughter. One Pakistani official said Saturday's attack could signal a shift.

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"This was the first attack in which foreigners have been targeted in Islamabad since 2002 and it shows a new trend," a top security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

This weekend's attack comes less than a week after militants targeted the headquarters of Pakistan's Federal Intelligence agency in the eastern city of Lahore, Agence France-Presse reports.

Suicide attackers detonated two huge truck bombs in Pakistan Tuesday, killing 26 people, partly demolishing a police building and deepening a security crisis facing the new government.
Another 175 people were wounded in the attacks in the eastern city of Lahore, which came just minutes apart in the morning rush-hour and left rescue workers scrambling through rubble in a bid to find survivors.

In what could be a stepped-up response by the US military, an unmanned Predator drone fired several missiles at targets in South Waziristan in Pakistan's tribal belt, killing nine people, The New York Times reported.

Three bombs, apparently dropped by an American aircraft, killed nine people and wounded nine others on Sunday in the tribal area of South Waziristan that provides sanctuary to Al Qaeda and the Taliban, a Pakistani security official said.
The strike, the third American attack on suspected terrorists in Pakistan's tribal area in less than three months, appeared to signal a stepped up program by Washington to hit militants who use the area as a base to fight American and NATO forces across the border in Afghanistan.

CNN listed the attack's death toll at 20 people, citing the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan wire service.

The most recent wave of violence comes as Pakistan's new parliament convenes for the first time today. Its work is duly cut out for it, the BBC reports.

Coalition leaders have threatened to curtail the president's powers, though it is unclear how far they will go.
The new government's most pressing concern is likely to be an Islamist insurgency that has claimed scores of lives in bomb attacks in the last few weeks.

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