Taliban Exact Revenge on Pakistani Town That Stood Up

Car bombing punishes crackdown on militants
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 29, 2008 8:53 AM CST
Local residents gather at the site of the suicide bombing in Shalbandi, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008.    (AP Photo/Sherin Zada)
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(Newser) – A few months ago, villagers in a Pakistani town killed six Taliban fighters who had bound and killed local police; yesterday, the Taliban retaliated, targeting the town of Shalbandi with a suicide car bomb that killed more than 30. The explosion rocked a school that was holding a vote to choose a National Assembly representative, the New York Times reports. 

“They singled out this village because it had clearly resisted and had expelled the Taliban by force,” said a top provincial official. The retaliation is not the first; the son of a village elder was recently kidnapped. The village elder responded by kidnapping the son of a neighboring Taliban member. "If they continue with the violence, we will take strong action against them, even at the cost of our lives,” said the provincial information minister.