Taliban Bombs Own Allies at Pakistan Rally
Protection racket suspected after blast kills 20
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2013 12:03 AM CDT
People stand near a man injured from the blast in the Pakistani tribal area of Parachinar yesterday.   (AP Photo/Ali Murtaza)

(Newser) – A bomb tore through an election rally in Pakistan's tribal belt yesterday, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest incident yet in the violence-plagued run-up to this Saturday's election. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, but while other attacks have targeted liberal, secular parties, this one hit the Islamist party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, which has close links to the Taliban, the New York Times reports. The Taliban says it targeted the candidate's rally because he had betrayed Arab jihadists, but government officials say they believe the Taliban is charging candidates protection money and attacking those who refuse to pay up.

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May 7, 2013 5:09 PM CDT
note to self, when taliban doesn't get what it wants, they don't talk about it, they bomb you.
May 7, 2013 12:29 PM CDT
For the Talibummers, its about opium, the official cash crop of afgrandistand. Who needs opium? Does god miracle morphine to the USA to make the pain meds that US citizens take in huge numbers. Take the coworker sitting in the cubical next to you. You've heard him/her complain that her doctor only writes a 30-day script and that they have to borrow pills from old Mary Bulshack next door. How else do drug dealers get the heroin they need to sell to our grade school kids? The Talmoodiban get it for us from Afdrandispan farmers. You get burned and your burn center starts a morphine drip. You get cancer and the end of live agency installs a central line with a pump and a pickle (the button on a string). You press that pickle whenever you feel like a hit so that you can go to lala land for an hour. How did that miracle clear liquid get to your home? It was grown in Afhellistan by Talibutt farmers. So we must find a replacement for morphine like from another country and run them out of business.
May 7, 2013 11:31 AM CDT