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Pakistan Denies Bail for Iconic 'Afghan Girl'

Sharbat Gula, of 'National Geographic' cover fame, charged with impersonating a Pakistani

(Newser) - In 1985, the green-eyed "Afghan Girl" became famous worldwide as the haunting cover model for National Geographic. In 2016, Sharbat Gula (spelled Gulla in some sources) is making headlines once again after she was arrested last week in Pakistan for allegedly harboring fake ID papers—and this week, a... More »

Pakistan Makes Arrests in School Massacre

Numerous 'facilitators' in custody, government says

(Newser) - Pakistan isn't just killing militants by the dozen after last week's school massacre , it's arresting some as well. The country's interior minister says "quite a few" people "who were facilitators in one way or the other" are now in custody over the attack that... More »

Pakistan Buries 132 Children, Vows Revenge

Even Afghan Taliban condemn Peshawar massacre

(Newser) - "We will take revenge for each and every drop of our children's blood," Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed as funerals began for 132 children slaughtered in a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar yesterday. Sharif said there would be three days of national mourning for... More »

'My Dream Has Been Killed': 100 Pakistan Kids Massacred

Gunmen stormed Peshawar military school

(Newser) - At least 145 people, more than 100 of them children and teenagers, are dead in a massacre today after nine Taliban gunmen rampaged through a Pakistani public military school in what's being called the worst such attack in years. The chaotic scene in Peshawar began early today with militants,... More »

Scared Dad Seeks Asylum Over Moustache

Pakistani man: Extremists are threatening my life

(Newser) - Now that's a stache: Pakistani businessman Malik Amir Mohammad Khan Afridi sports a 30-inch moustache that he calls his pride and joy—but admits could get him killed, the Independent reports. "People give me a lot of respect," says Afridi, who spends $150 monthly to treat the... More »

Target of Pakistan Blast That Killed 10 Only Scratched

Police commander emerges from attack OK: official

(Newser) - A Pakistan suicide bomber killed at least 10 people near the US consulate in Peshawar today; the attacker was reportedly targeting a police commander who received "only scratches," an official says. Some 28 were wounded in the attack, AFP reports. The bomber detonated his explosives when the commander'... More »

Pakistan Taliban: We'll Talk, but Won't Stop Fighting

Hakimullah Mehsud's comments come after string of attacks in Peshawar

(Newser) - Pakistan's Taliban is willing to continue negotiating with the government, but it is not about to stop its attacks, its leader said via a video given to Reuters today. This month has seen the group carry out a series of big attacks—including suicide bombings at the Peshawar airport,... More »

Suicide Bomb Hits US Vehicle in Pakistan

19 Pakistanis injured along with 2 Americans as car bomb explodes in busy street

(Newser) - A bomb attack on a US consular vehicle in Peshawar today killed two Pakistanis, while injuring two American consulate workers and at least 19 Pakistanis on the busy street, reports the AP . Other reports said that five were killed in the suicide bombing, including the Americans, according to the Hindustan... More »

Bin Laden Fathered 4 Kids While on the Run: Wife

Youngest wife reveals al-Qaeda leader's movements after 9/11

(Newser) - During the nine years Osama bin Laden spent in hiding in Pakistan after 9/11, he made his way between five different homes in the country and fathered four children, according to his youngest wife. As recounted by a Pakistani police report, Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah revealed that two of the children... More »

Swiss Couple Claims to Have Escaped Taliban

Taliban say ransom paid, prisoners exchanged

(Newser) - A Swiss couple kidnapped by the Taliban while vacationing in Pakistan last July turned up at a Pakistani army post today. The Taliban say a ransom was paid, but David Och and Daniela Widmer claim they escaped, reports the Christian Science Monitor . The couple had appeared in a Taliban video... More »

Taliban Attacks Fellow Pakistani Militants

Lashkar-e-Islam commits attack, suffers attack from fellow militants

(Newser) - The Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Islam is sometimes described as part of the broader Taliban movement, but if so there's trouble in paradise. A Taliban suicide bomber reportedly attacked a Lashkar-e-Islam base in the Tirah Valley today, killing 23 people, Pakistani officials tell the AP . It's unknown how many... More »

Suicide Bomber Kills 50 at Pakistani Mosque

Mosque was gathering place for anti-Taliban militia leaders

(Newser) - At least 50 people were killed and another 80 wounded in a suicide bombing at a popular mosque in Northwestern Pakistan today, in one of the year’s deadliest attacks. The mosque was probably targeted because it is a frequent meeting place for the leaders of the local anti-Taliban militia,... More »

Calif. Man Hunts bin Laden, Armed With Pistol, Sword

Pakistan authorities arrest American found wandering in forest

(Newser) - Pakistan has arrested an American citizen who says he was on a mission to claim Osama bin Laden's head. Gary Brooks Faulkner, a 52-year-old construction worker from California, was found in a forest near the Afghanistan border with a pistol, a dagger, and a 40-inch sword, as well as Christian... 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 »

Suicide Bomb Kills 19 at Pakistan Courthouse

Region hit with seventh militant attack in two weeks

(Newser) - A suicide bombing outside a Peshawar courthouse killed 19 people this morning in Pakistan, the latest in a series of attacks by Islamic militants reacting against an anti-Taliban army offensive in the region. Today's bombing came only hours after missiles fired from a suspected US drone killed three alleged militants... More »

Bomb Kills 80 as Clinton Arrives in Pakistan

More than 100 injured in attack on family market in Peshawar

(Newser) - At least 80 people were killed today when a bomb ripped through a busy market in Peshawar, hours after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in the country to show American support for its campaign against Islamist militants. Clinton, on her first official visit to the country as secretary of... More »

New Pakistan Blast Kills 11

Peshawar explosion rocks beleaguered nation

(Newser) - The string of deadly bombings in Pakistan continued today as 11 people died in a blast at a police station in Peshawar, the capital of the dangerous North West Frontier Province near the Afghan border. Two of the victims were children. The Taliban are being blamed for two weeks of... More »

Blast Kills Dozens in Pakistan

Taliban suspected after bomb rips through Peshawar market

(Newser) - A car bomb exploded today in a crowded bazaar in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's troubled North West Frontier Province, leaving at least 41 people dead and more than 100 injured. Many of the victims were in a passing bus that was reduced to a charred frame. Officials were uncertain... More »

Death Toll Rises to 11 In Pakistani Hotel Blast

(Newser) - The death toll in the suicide attack on a luxury hotel in Pakistan rose to 11 with at least 70 injured, reports the Times of London. At least two foreigners were among the dead at the five-star Pearl Oriental in Peshawar, though no more specific IDs were available. Still no... More »

US Envoy Visits Pakistan, Afghanistan Amid Violence

(Newser) - Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration’s special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, arrived in the region yesterday as waves of killings were washing over both countries, the BBC reports. While touring Pakistan’s volatile frontier region, a local official was killed by a roadside bomb. At the same time in... More »

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