Blasts in Pakistan Kill 24

Insurgents his air force facility, bus headed to wedding
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 23, 2009 5:48 AM CDT
Pakistani paramilitary soldiers detain a suspect, center, near the site of a bomb explosion at a restaurant's parking area in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Friday.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
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(Newser) – A suicide bomber killed seven people near a major air force complex in northwest Pakistan today, while an explosion killed 17, including three children, on a bus heading to a wedding elsewhere in the region. The attacks are the latest in a surge of militant strikes this month, coinciding with a major army offensive against insurgents along the Afghan border.

The blast that killed seven took place at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex at Kamra, the country's major air force maintenance and research hub. Foreign military experts have mentioned it as a possible location for planes that can carry nuclear warheads, but the army strongly denies the facility is tied to the program. Also today, a car bomb exploded in the parking lot of a recreational facility, with a swimming pool and marriage hall, in Peshawar, the main city in the northwest. Fifteen people were wounded.