4 FBI Agents Among Injured in Pakistan Blast

Investigators may have been targets of cafe bomb attack
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2008 4:26 AM CDT
Pakistani security officials are seen through the barbed wire at the site of Saturday's bomb explosion in Islamabad, Pakistan Sunday, March 16, 2008.
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(Newser) – Four FBI agents were among the dozen hurt in a bomb attack at an Islamabad cafe this weekend, CNN reports. The agents were caught in the blast when an explosive device was tossed over a wall surrounding the outdoor restaurant, popular among Westerners and journalists. The FBI says that the four remain "slightly injured," although at least one is en route to London for surgery.

Pakistani government officials laid responsibility for the attack, which left one woman dead, on al Qaeda- and Taliban-affiliated militants based in Pakistan's northwest tribal regions. The agents were in Pakistan to investigate a prior bomb attack in Lahore, but whether the FBI agents were the target of the bombing remains an open question. Today in Pakistan the new Parliament is expected to convene, with a new government hostile to Pervez Musharraf set to take office.