Pakistan intelligence agency in Peshawar hit by suicide bomber
The suicide bomb attack on the ISI regional HQ in Peshawar, Pakistan, left at least 10 dead.
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A powerful car bomb in the border city of Peshawar has left more than 10 dead and dozens wounded in an apparent attack on the regional headquarters of Pakistan's intelligence agency, which has long been accused by Western officials of having ties to militant groups.
Reuters reports that the attack on the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) building appears to have been delivered by a suicide bomber driving a medical-supply vehicle, according to one of the wounded soldiers at the scene.
"All of a sudden [the vehicle] appeared on the wrong side of the road and began coming toward the office," the soldier, Nasir, told Reuters. "The guards opened fire but it came to the entrance of the building as the firing went on and exploded."
It was not clear how many people were in the building when the bomber struck at about 6:40 a.m. (8:40 p.m. EST Thursday), before the city's rush-hour.
Up to 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of high explosives and mortars were packed into the car bomb," North West Frontier Province police chief Malik Naveed told AFP.
AFP also reports that six policemen were killed and 23 others were wounded in a second car-bomb attack Friday, on the police station in the town of Bannu, outside Peshawar.
The New York Times writes that Peshawar has been particularly in the sights of militants. The city, located near the border with Afghanistan, has been targeted with near daily bombings in an attempt to undermine the Pakistani people's support for the ongoing military campaign against the militants in South Waziristan, says one expert.
"The underlying idea is to shake the people's confidence in the military's efforts," said Hasan Askari Rizvi, a military analyst in Lahore. "It's a kind of strategy — well planned, well thought-out — to pressure the government through ordinary people." ...
Mr. Rizvi, the military analyst, said he believed that violence in Pakistan would be reduced over time as the military made more progress in its operation in Waziristan.