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Pakistan Security Forces Free 35 in Hospital Siege

Explosion at scene follows bus bombing

(Newser) - The siege of a hospital in southwestern Pakistan has ended after security forces stormed the building, the country's interior minister says. Forces freed 35 people trapped inside the building, killed four of the attackers, and arrested another, notes Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. He says four security forces and one... More »

Pakistan Car Bomb Kills 11 Cops, Civilian

23 wounded in Quetta attack

(Newser) - A car bomb targeting a police vehicle killed 11 policemen and one civilian today in an area of southwest Pakistan wracked by a separatist insurgency and Islamic militancy, police said. The bombing on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, also wounded 23 people, said a police rep.... More »

US Afghan Surge Angers Pakistan

(Newser) - The American offensive in southern Afghanistan is sparking serious tensions with Pakistan, the New York Times reports. Pakistani officials fear that the surge will push Taliban militants into its border region, triggering a rise in militancy that it will be ill-equipped to tackle without shifting troops from the Indian border.... More »

US May Strike Deeper Into Pakistan

Drones may target Taliban sanctuaries beyond tribal areas

(Newser) - The Obama administration is considering expanding its covert war in Pakistan beyond tribal areas to strike Taliban havens in regions under the central government's control, reports the New York Times. US commanders believe the Taliban, under the leadership of Mullah Omar, is operating out of sanctuaries in Baluchistan—which borders... More »

Pakistan Quake Kills 135, Toll Rising

6.4 quake collapses thousands of huts; death toll expected to soar

(Newser) - A 6.4 quake rocked southwest Pakistan early this morning, killing more than 135 people, AFP reports. Pakistan has sent troops to the region to provide assistance and expects the death toll to rise steeply. Most of the deaths were in remote villages in the Afghanistan border region, where mud... More »

New Pakistan Leaders to Seek Talks With Militants

Election victors continue to work for coalition government

(Newser) - The victors in the Pakistan elections favor negotiations with al-Qaeda and the Taliban over  military confrontation, reports the New York Times. “We will have a dialogue with those who are up in the mountains,” said Asif Ali Zardari, widower of assassinated opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. “We want... More »

Twin Suicide Bombings Kill 36 in Pakistan

Attacks bring death toll to 270 this month in volatile country

(Newser) - Two separate suicide car bombs killed 36 people in Pakistan today—one struck a convoy of Chinese workers in the south, and the other hit a police academy in the north. These new attacks bring the month's death toll from conflicts with Islamic militants to 270, furthering doubts about President... More »

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