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.