Pakistan Bomber Kills 75 at Volleyball Tournament
Suicide attacker drives right onto field
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 1, 2010 4:00 AM CST
A file photo of investigators examining the site of a suicide bombing in Karachi, Pakistan, on Dec. 29.   (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

(Newser) – A suicide bomber set off an explosives-laden vehicle on a field during a volleyball tournament today in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 75 people and wounding more than 60. The blast took place in a congested neighorhood in Lakki Marwat city, not far from South Waziristan, and the force of it knocked down nearby houses.

"The locality has been a hub of militants," said the local police chief. "Locals set up a militia and expelled the militants from this area. This attack seems to be reaction to their expulsion." Also today, a suspected US missile struck a car carrying alleged militants in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing three men, officials said. It was the second such strike in less than a day.