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Bomb Rips Through Park Crowded With Kids on Easter

At least 50 reported dead outside Lahore, Pakistan

(Newser) - A health official says that at least 50 people have been killed and 91 wounded in a blast in a park in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, reports the AP . Salman Rafiq, an adviser to the chief minister of Punjab province, said Sunday that many of the wounded are... More »

Suicide Bomber Kills Scores in Lahore

At least 45 now confirmed dead, 70 more injured

(Newser) - The death toll in a bomb blast near Pakistan's eastern border with India is quickly rising, with a provincial police chief confirming that 45 people are dead. Mushtaq Sukhera told reporters in Lahore that the bomb exploded outside a restaurant near a Pakistani paramilitary soldiers' checkpoint at the Wagah... More »

Husband: Man Who Stoned Daughter OKed Marriage

Mohammad Iqbal says family got into money trouble

(Newser) - The husband of a Pakistani woman stoned to death by her own family says police ignored pleas for help and stood by as his pregnant wife was murdered outside a courthouse in broad daylight. "We were shouting for help, but nobody listened," Mohammad Iqbal tells the BBC , describing... More »

US: Diplomats in Pakistan Must Leave Lahore

Move follows threat to consulate

(Newser) - The State Department has warned Americans not to travel to Pakistan and evacuated nonessential government personnel from the country's second largest city because of a specific threat to the consulate there, a US official said today. The move was not related to the threat of an al-Qaeda attack that... More »

American Kidnapped in Pakistan

Warren Weinstein worked as a development contractor

(Newser) - Gunmen abducted an American after breaking into his house in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore today, officials said, an unusually brazen raid that illustrated the threat to foreigners living in the militancy-wracked country. The US Embassy identified the victim as Warren Weinstein. A man by that name serves as... More »

Pakistan Blasts Kill 42 at Sufi Shrine

Many blame attack on government support for US

(Newser) - Twin suicide blasts killed at least 42 people at a Sufi shrine in Lahore, Pakistan, late yesterday. At least 175 people were injured. Thousands were visiting the shrine, which holds the remains of a saint revered by followers of Islam's mystical tradition, the BBC reports. Many blamed the attack on... More »

Suicide Bomber Kills 12 in Pakistan

Target was cop building where terror suspects are grilled

(Newser) - At least 12 people were killed today when a suicide car bomber struck a police building in Lahore. Scores were injured in the attack, including women and children walking to a nearby school. The bombing, at a location where "high value" terror suspects are interrogated, was the first major... More »

Dozens Dead In Pakistan Market Blasts

Twin bombs set central Lahore market ablaze

(Newser) - At least 48 people, including many women and children, were killed when twin bombs exploded in a Lahore marketplace late yesterday. The fire sparked a huge blaze in the center of the Pakistani city, the BBC reports. Hours earlier, 10 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up... More »

Deadly Wave of Pakistan Attacks Kills 38

Government warns of 'guerrilla war' after blasts in Lahore, northwest

(Newser) - Pakistan erupted in violence today as three teams of militants launched coordinated strikes on law enforcement buildings in Lahore and a suicide car bomber struck a police station in the country's northwest. A few hours later another blast rocked a school in Peshawar, near the Afghan border, killing at least... More »

Pakistan Suicide Bombing Kills Moderate Cleric

(Newser) - One of Pakistan’s most prominent anti-Taliban clerics was killed today in a suicide bomb attack, the Times of London reports. Sarfraz Ahmed Naeemi, who supported the Pakistan army’s campaign in the Swat Valley, died on the way to the hospital after an explosion at his Islamic college in... More »

30 Killed in Lahore Bomb Blast

(Newser) - At least 30 people were killed today when a bomb flattened the main police station in the Pakistan city of Lahore, reports the BBC. Some 100 were injured in the attack that began as gunmen opened fire and hurled grenades before a vehicle packed with explosives hurtled through a barricade... More »

Taliban Chief Claims Lahore Attack, Vows to Hit US

Mehsud vows he will attack again in Pakistan and US

(Newser) - The head of the Pakistani Taliban and the man accused of masterminding the assassination of Benazir Bhutto has claimed responsibility for yesterday's commando assault on the Lahore police academy and has threatened more attacks, the Times of London reports. Baitullah Mehsud personally called Western news agencies to take credit for... More »

Pakistan Retakes Police School From Gunmen

(Newser) - Pakistani security forces overpowered a group of gunmen who staged a deadly, highly coordinated assault on a police academy today, capturing six of the militants while eight others died during an hours-long battle in the country's east. Apart from the militants, the assault left eight police and three civilians dead,... More »

20 Killed in Siege at Pakistan Police School

Paramilitary forces are locked in gun battle with attackers

(Newser) - Pakistani troops were locked in a fierce firefight today with gunmen who stormed a police academy near Lahore, killing 20 officers. The attackers, armed with automatic rifles and grenades, stormed the academy's morning turnout dressed as police, reports the Times of London. They "opened fire after throwing grenades,"... More »

Pakistan to Restore Ousted Chief Judge

(Newser) - Two days of massive demonstrations have convinced the Pakistani government to reinstate the nation's chief justice, CNN reports. Hundreds of angry lawyers filled the streets as a government spokesman said Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry would soon regain his position. Protesters demanded that the government fulfill its promise to reinstate... More »

Cricket Victims See 'Inside Job'

Sri Lankans say security vanished; al-Qaeda may have played role

(Newser) - An unexplained gap in scheduling at this week's cricket match in Lahore has led to angry speculation that the gunmen who attacked the Sri Lankan team may have acted on inside information. While the Pakistani and Sri Lankan teams had traveled together on earlier days, the Pakistani team left later... More »

Cricket Ref: Pakistan Cops 'Left Us to Be Sitting Ducks'

(Newser) - A British cricket referee traveling in the Sri Lankan convoy attacked in Lahore yesterday said Pakistani police fled the confrontation, the AP reports. “There was not a sign of a policeman anywhere,” Chris Broad said. “They had clearly left the scene and left us to be sitting... More »

Cricket Attack Raises Fears for Sports Events

Teams cancel Pakistan visits; 20 arrested in attack

(Newser) - As Pakistani officials arrested some 20 suspects in yesterday's attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team in Lahore, new fears emerged that sports events may become a new target for terrorists, reports the Times of London. One international team canceled a trip to Pakistan last night, and the country's plans to... More »

8 Die as Pakistan Gunmen Attack Sri Lankan Cricket Team

5 cops killed, at least 8 team members injured

(Newser) - A dozen masked gunmen armed with rocket launchers and rifles opened fire in Pakistan today on a bus carrying Sri Lanka's national cricket team, killing five police officers and injuring at least eight team members. Gunmen rushed the bus as it headed to a stadium in Lahore for a match... More »

20 Dead in Pakistan Blasts

Many more injured after bombings at police headquarters, residential area

(Newser) - Two suicide explosions killed at least 20 people in Lahore early today, Reuters reports. One bomb devastated the city's federal police headquarters. "We're trying to evacuate the wounded trapped under the debris," said an official. The second blast occurred when two men blew themselves up in a pickup... More »

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