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Pakistan's Strife Grows as New Gov't Waits in the Wings

Restaurant bomb, airstrikes kill at least 17
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2008 12:43 PM CDT
Pakistan's Strife Grows as New Gov't Waits in the Wings
Pakistani security officials arrive to examine the site of the bomb explosion.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A series of airstrikes on a Pakistan compound believed to be sheltering Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters killed at least 16 today, AFP reports, a day before the country's incoming government is to be sworn in. The declining security comes after a bomb exploded last night in an Islamabad restaurant crowded with foreigners, killing at least one person and wounding 11 others, including five Americans. 

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The restaurant attack is is the first aimed at the international community in more than a year, the New York Times reports. Both Western and Pakistani officials say it marks the escalating insurgency by al-Qaeda and the Taliban. In the last three months, more than a dozen suicide bombings have targeted the Pakistani government. (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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