10 Killed as Bomber Hits Pakistan Spy Agency

Latest in a string of retaliatory attacks by militants
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 12, 2009 10:22 PM CST
Updated Nov 13, 2009 5:10 AM CST
A car bomb devastated Pakistan's main spy agency building in the northwest Friday, killing at least 7 people and striking at the heart of the institution overseeing the country's anti-terror campaign.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
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(Newser) – A suicide bomber in a pickup truck attacked the northwestern regional headquarters of the Pakistani spy agency overseeing a campaign against militancy, killing 10 people today. The attack on the Inter-Services Intelligence agency building occurred in the city of Peshawar, which has borne the brunt of the militants' retaliation against the army offensive. The early morning blast destroyed much of the three-story building; among the casualties were seven who worked for the spy agency, the army said.

About an hour later, a second suicide car bomber attacked a police station farther south near the Afghan border; five of the six dead were policemen working at the station. The bombings took place as US National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones visited the country for talks with top political and security officials.