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Deadliest Attack on Pakistan Christians Kills 75

Taliban wing says it will keep targeting non-Muslims

(Newser) - A pair of suicide bombers detonated their explosives outside a historic church in Peshawar today, killing 75 people in the deadliest-ever attack on Pakistan's Christian minority, officials said. The Jundullah wing of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility, with a spokesman saying, "All non-Muslims in Pakistan are our target,... More »

India Blames Pakistan in Killing of 5 Soldiers

Clash boosts tensions amid push for talks

(Newser) - India says five of its soldiers were ambushed and killed by Pakistani soldiers and fighters along the countries' Kashmir border—a claim Pakistan rejects. "The ambush was carried out by approximately 20 heavily armed terrorists along with soldiers of Pak army," says India's defense ministry. Pakistan denies... More »

Militants Attack Pakistan Court Complex; 3 Dead

Dozens injured in suicide bombing, gun fight

(Newser) - Militant gunmen and at least one suicide bomber attacked a court complex in northwestern Pakistan today, killing at least three people and wounding more than two dozen, a government official said. The attackers may have been trying to free militant colleagues jailed on the premises of the compound in Peshawar,... More »

Blowback Feared After US Strike Kills Pakistani Ally

Maulvi Nazir reportedly had truce with Pakistan

(Newser) - A pair of US drone strikes in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border killed 13 people today, including a senior militant commander who had a truce with the Pakistani military, intelligence officials and residents said. Five Pakistani security officials said the commander, Maulvi Nazir, was reportedly among nine people killed... More »

5 Female Teachers Killed in Pakistan Attack

2 health workers also killed in ambush

(Newser) - Gunmen killed five female teachers and two other people today in an ambush on a van carrying workers home from their jobs at a community center in northwest Pakistan, officials said. The van was transporting teachers and aid workers from the center in conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Two health workers,... More »

Journalists Face Taliban Threats Over Malala

Reporting has been 'biased,' say militants

(Newser) - The Taliban is threatening journalists over reports on the shooting of Malala Yousufzai—coverage the militant group deems "biased." Pakistani and international journalists are facing threats, a news executive tells the Guardian , which adds that one reporter in the Swat region is under police protection after his name... More »

Militants Storm Pakistan Air Base

9 die in assault on suspected nuclear base

(Newser) - Militants stormed an air base in Pakistan early Thursday morning in a brazen attack bound to raise fears about the security of the country's nuclear weapons. The team of eight militants, who all died in the attack, fought their way inside the Minras air base with automatic weapons and... More »

More US-Pakistan Woes: Peeved Senators, Drone Strike

Strike kills 10, aid gets threatened over Shakil Afridi's sentence

(Newser) - The sun still is not shining on US-Pakistan relations. A US drone strike targeting suspected militants in northwest Pakistan killed 10 today, a move that will likely further inflame tensions between the two countries, reports Reuters . Pakistan has demanded an end to the strikes, which it considers a violation of... More »

Bomb Kills 15 at Pakistan Funeral

Anti-Taliban politician at funeral escaped, but 13 others killed

(Newser) - A suicide bomber attacked a funeral attended by an anti-Taliban politician in northwest Pakistan today, killing at least 15 mourners and wounding 30 others, police said. The politician, Khush Dil Khan, escaped unhurt in the blast on the outskirts of Peshawar. Islamist militants are fighting a vicious war against Pakistani... More »

Victims of US Strikes in Pakistan: Mostly Militants

But drone critics say covert program still needs greater oversight

(Newser) - The Pakistani public widely believes that American drone strikes there overwhelmingly hit civilians, not militants. However, an investigation of the 10 deadliest attacks over the past 18 months in the main militant region along the Afghan border shows that 70% of those killed were militants, according to an investigation by... More »

US Drone Strike in Pakistan Kills Kin of Militant Leader

Deputy leader of militant group killed in attack

(Newser) - Suspected US unmanned aircraft fired six missiles at a vehicle in Pakistan's rugged tribal region today, killing five militants, including a close ally to one of the area's top commanders, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The attack in the South Waziristan tribal area killed the cousin and brother of... More »

Pakistan Demands End to CIA Drone Strikes

US told to cut CIA, Special Forces personnel in Pakistan

(Newser) - The US-Pakistan alliance forged in the wake of the September 11 attacks appears to be on the verge of collapsing. Pakistan has demanded that the US halt its drone attacks on suspected militants, and sharply reduce the number of CIA and Special Forces personnel in the country, reports the New ... More »

Pakistani Minister Assassinated

Christian lawmaker opposed blasphemy laws

(Newser) - Pakistan's minister for religious minorities was gunned down today in the country's capital, AP reports. Shahbaz Bhatti, himself a member of the country's Christian minority, had been threatened by Islamic militants in the past for calling for reforms of the country's strict blasphemy laws, which impose the death penalty for... More »

Pakistani Governor Killed by Own Guard

Assassination likely to deepen country's turmoil

(Newser) - A key Pakistani governor was gunned down by his own bodyguard today in Islamabad, in the biggest assassination the violence-wracked country has endured since Benazir Bhutto's slaying three years ago. Salman Taseer, Punjab province's governor and a key ally of President Asif Ali Zardari, was gunned down as he got... More »

On Afghan-Pakistani Border, Insurgents Team Up

American officials say new trend is proof militants are feeling pressure

(Newser) - A disturbing new trend on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border: Rival insurgent groups are laying aside their feuds and joining forces to fight American and allied forces. “This is actually a syndicate of related and associated militant groups and networks,” an American officer tells the New York Times . “They... More »

First Female Bomber Kills 43 in Pakistan

'Blood and human flesh everywhere,' says survivor

(Newser) - A female suicide bomber detonated her explosives-laden vest, killing at least 43 people at an aid distribution center in northwestern Pakistan today, while army helicopter gunships and artillery killed a similar number of Islamic militants in neighboring tribal regions near the Afghan border, officials said. The bombing appeared to be... More »

US Preps a Retaliatory Hit on Pakistan

White House readies its response should Taliban strike US soil

(Newser) - The Times Square incident sent the White House scurrying to examine its options for a counterattack on Pakistan in the event of a successful strike on US soil, reports the Washington Post. The hit would be used only in extreme scenarios or if President Obama loses faith in the CIA's... More »

Pakistan Drives Taliban From S. Waziristan

Militants regroup further north in a different district

(Newser) - Good news from Pakistan's prime minister in the fight against the Taliban—the army has driven the militants from South Waziristan after a 3-month campaign. The bad news: The Taliban appear to have regrouped a little further north in a district called Orakza, reports BBC . "The operation in South... More »

Bomb Kills 12 in Pakistan Market

(Newser) - A suicide bomber apparently targeting an anti-Taliban mayor struck a crowded market near Peshawar today, killing the mayor and 11 other people and wounding dozens, police said. The market was crowded with shoppers and goats being sold to celebrate the upcoming Muslim festival of Eid. The mayor, Abdul Malik, who... More »

Clinton: Taliban Threat to Pakistan Is Rising

But secretary, on European tour, sees no danger of nukes falling into terrorist hands

(Newser) - An audacious Taliban attack on Pakistan's army headquarters shows there is a growing terrorist threat to the nuclear-armed US ally, Hillary Clinton said today. The secretary of state, speaking at a joint news conference with British counterpart David Miliband, added that while extremists were "increasingly threatening the authority of... More »

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