Dozens Dead in Pakistan Blast

Suicide bomber duo injure 40 near bank
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 2, 2009 5:42 AM CST
A Pakistani rescue worker stands at the site of bomb explosion outside a bank in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, today.   (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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(Newser) – A pair of suicide bomb blasts rocked Pakistan today, killing at least 26 people. Two bombers on motorcycles blew themselves up near a queue outside a Rawalpindi bank close to army headquarters, injuring 60, many of them women and children. "There were many people lying on the ground with bleeding wounds, and a motorcycle was on fire with one man under it," a witness told the BBC.

The blast occurred as advertisements placed by the Pakistan government offered rewards of $5 million for information leading to the arrest of Taliban leaders and their commanders. Some 300 people have been killed in a devastating series of bombings as Pakistan presses a US-backed operation against Taliban militants in South Waziristan.