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11 dead in Islamabad court suicide attack

Eleven people including a judge were killed Monday in a gun and suicide bomb attack on a court in Islamabad, a rare strike at the heart of the heavily-guarded Pakistani capital. Pakistan has been in the grip of a bloody homegrown Taliban insurgency since 2007 but attacks within the capital have been very rare in recent years. The Pakistani Taliban denied any connection to the attack, which came two days after the militants announced a month-long ceasefire aimed at restarting stalled peace talks with the government.

11 dead in Islamabad court suicide attack

At least 11 people were killed and 24 wounded Monday in a gun and suicide bomb attack at a court complex in the heavily-guarded Pakistani capital Islamabad, police said. Pakistan has been in the grip of a bloody homegrown Taliban insurgency since 2007 but attacks within the capital have been very rare in recent years. It was not immediately clear who was behind Monday's attack, which came two days after the Pakistan Taliban announced a month-long ceasefire aimed at restarting stalled peace talks with the government.

Bomb kills two soldiers in NW Pakistan

A bomb Monday killed at least two paramilitary troops and wounded six others in a restive Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials said. The incident happened in Sadokhel area of Khyber tribal region where Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam militant groups are active. "An improvised explosive device planted along the roadside went off as two vehicles of paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) passed by, killing two soldiers and wounding six others," senior local administration official Muhammad Tayyab Ali told AFP. He said the blast destroyed one of the vehicles.

Five killed, 11 injured in bomb targeting Pakistan polio team

At least five people were killed and 11 injured when a roadside bomb targeting a polio vaccination team exploded in restive northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border Saturday, officials said. The bomb detonated in Jamroud Town in the tribal Khyber area, senior official Jahangir Khan told AFP. str-ga/pdh

Pakistan announces first ever counter-terror policy

Pakistan on Wednesday unveiled its first ever counter-terrorism policy after battling a homegrown Islamist insurgency for more than a decade, announcing that every act of militant violence would be met with retaliation on their bases. Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced the "national security policy" before parliament a day after it was formally approved by the cabinet, ending years of waiting for a set of unified rules of engagement for terrorism.

Bomb kills two outside Iranian consulate in NW Pakistan

A suspected suicide bomb attack outside the Iranian consulate in the Pakistani city of Peshawar Monday killed two paramilitary soldiers and wounded 10 others, officials said. The bombing took place in the upmarket University Town area of the northwestern city, where many non-government organisations are also based. "We have two bodies of paramilitary soldiers and 10 wounded have been admitted to hospital," said Farhad Khan, a spokesman for Khyber Teaching Hospital where the casualties were taken.

Gunmen kill senior Pakistan Taliban commander

Unknown gunmen killed a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban who had a government bounty on his head on Monday, as a suicide bomb attack targeting the Iranian consulate in Peshawar left two dead. Asmatullah Shaheen, who was believed to be in his mid-40s and was a former interim chief of Pakistan's Taliban, had a 10-million-rupee ($95,000) bounty payable for his death. Hours later a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Iranian consulate, in Peshawar, the main city in the restive northwest, killing two paramilitary troops and wounding ten other people.

Bomb kills 12 in northwest Pakistan

A bomb planted near a bus stop killed 12 people including two women and a child in a northwestern Pakistani city on Sunday, police said. They said 12 more were injured when the bomb went off in the city of Kohat in the troubled province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Police said around five kilogrammes (11 pounds) of explosive were planted in a cooking oil container and placed near the bus stop in the city centre before being detonated remotely.

Pakistan air strikes on Taliban hideouts kill over 30

Pakistani jets launched strikes on Taliban hideouts in the northwest on Thursday, killing at least 30 people according to security sources, in retaliation for attacks by the militants which have derailed peace talks. The first raid confirmed by security officials came early Thursday when jets bombed several locations including a compound in the town of Mir Ali and surrounding parts of troubled North Waziristan tribal district.

Pakistani city enforces ban on music in public transport

Traffic police in the Pakistani city of Karachi said Thursday they have launched a campaign to stop music being played in public transport due to complaints from women. The authorities denied the move was in response to a reported warning from the Taliban, who consider music sinful according to their fundamentalist interpretation of Islam. "No there was no threat to the traffic police from anyone, it is entirely baseless," Arif Hanif, Karachi traffic police chief AFP. "We only got complaints from the women commuters and nothing else," Hanif said.
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