Pakistan Suicide Bomber Kills 39

Attack marks third violent incident in as many days
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2008 9:53 AM CST
Pakistan's escalating violence has raised concern about the stability of the nuclear armed state as it passes through a period of political transition, with doubts over how long President Pervez Musharraf...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A suicide bomber killed at least 39 people today gathered at an outdoor meeting of tribal elders in northwest Pakistan, Reuters reports, in the volatile country's latest bout of violence. The attack, which left scores of others wounded, occurred as the elders finalized security plans to “take steps against miscreants and help the government,” said an official.

One witness said the attacker, believed to be a teenager, “walked straight toward elders and blew himself up in the middle of them.” Today’s incident is the latest in a string of attacks as al-Qaeda-linked militants seek to topple the country’s feeble government. Last week, 39 people, including the army’s top medical officer, were killed in two separate bombings.