Pakistan Bombings Kill 15

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 7, 2009 12:24 PM CST
Pakistan's North West Frontier Province officials pray during the funeral of police officers who died in a car bombing.    (Mohammad Sajjad)
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(Newser) – Three separate bombings killed 15 people in northwestern Pakistan today, while authorities investigated reports that a pilotless US drone crashed in the region bordering Afghanistan. The bombings, coming days after gunmen attacked Sri Lanka's visiting cricket team, were a fresh reminder of the militant threat in Pakistan, where Western leaders worry that a growing political feud could distract the government from tackling the extremists head on.

Reports of the drone crash came from Angoor Ada village in South Waziristan, a tribal region where the main Pakistani Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, is based. The Army is investigating. Meanwhile, police say one of today's bombings was rare in that the assailants used a body in a car to lure police. As they were pulling the body out, the bomb exploded, killing seven officers and a bystander in the Badaber area.