Danish Embassy Bomb Kills 8 in Pakistan

Strike could be linked to flap over Muhammad cartoons
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2008 7:00 AM CDT
A Pakistani security official stands amid the rubble of the adjacent building and cars after a bomb explosion outside the Danish Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, June 2, 2008.    (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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(Newser) – At least eight people were killed and more than a dozen wounded when a car bomb exploded outside the Danish embassy in Islamabad today, reports the BBC. At least one embassy worker was among the dead, but no Danish nationals. The attack may be linked to a series of threats on Danish embassies since a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad, considered offensive to Islam, was reprinted in Danish newspapers in February.

Observers suspect al-Qaeda involvement; the terrorist cell's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, recently denounced the cartoons in a video. Pakistan's primary militant group declared a ceasefire with the new leadership recently. Denmark also has 700 troops fighting the Taliban in nearby Afghanistan.