Monday, March 16, 2009

Another nine dead in Pindi

It appears that a suicide bomber has hit Rawalpindi killing 9 and injuring dozens.

Reuters reports:

Bomb kills seven in Pakistan - police

Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:21pm IST

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (Reuters) - A bomb exploded near a bus stop in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi on Monday, killing seven people, police said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility. Islamist militants opposed to Pakistani support for the U.S.-led campaign against al Qaeda and the Taliban have been blamed for a string of bomb attacks across the country in recent years.

"A man got out of a van and there was an explosion. It could have been a suicide blast," police officer Nasir Khan Durrani said.

A police officer at the scene, Mohammad Yaar, said seven people had been killed.

The attack took place hours after the government defused a political crisis with the reinstatement of a Supreme Court chief justice but there was no sign the blast was linked to the political controversy.

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