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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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(Click here for an interactive map from the Wall Street Journal which highlights the frequency of attacks around Peshawar over the last several weeks. The map also summarizes other militant activity across Afghanistan and Pakistan day-by-day since February.)

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The bombing was the second against an ISI site this year. In May, a suicide bomber attacked an ISI building in Lahore, leaving 30 dead and more than 250 injured. The attacks highlight the growing hostilities between the agency and militants, whom Western officials have repeatedly accused of collaborating with each other. A New York Times story in March reported that the ISI's "S Wing" gave support to Taliban commanders operating in Afghanistan, as well as other militant groups, according to American and Pakistani security officials. And in an interview with CNN last week, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said that the ISI had an "ingress" in every local militant group, and used that influence to Pakistan's advantage, according to India's Daily News & Analysis.

"Always, in every group, there is an ingress of the ISI. And that is the efficiency, the effectiveness of the ISI. You must have ingress, so that you can influence all organisations," Musharraf told CNN.
Pakistan's foreign ministry spokesman refused to comment, saying he was unaware of the interview and that if Musharraf had said anything to that effect, the remarks must be "actually" coming from the security agencies to defend themselves.

DNA adds that Mr. Musharraf's lawyer said after the interview that Musharraf was referring to the ISI before the Sept. 11 attacks, and that the ISI-militant relationship changed after the attacks.


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