Pakistan Surgeon General Killed

Dies with 8 others in suicide bombing
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2008 10:15 PM CST
Pakistan Surgeon General Killed
A Pakistani Army soldier stands guard next to the site of a suicide bombing in Rawalpindi in which Pakistan's surgeon-general was killed. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)   (Associated Press)

Pakistan's surgeon general was killed today by a suicide bomber who blew himself up at a busy intersection in the city of Rawalpindi.  Lt. Gen. Mushtaq Ahmad Baig, his driver and his guard were killed, the Washington Post reports; Baig was the highest-ranking military officer to be killed in attacks by militants in recent years.. Five other people died, and 20 were injured. Three children's aid workers were killed in a separate attack.

Yesterday  a top Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, sent word that his group  is prepared to negotiate with a new Pakistani government±— if President Pervez Musharraf is out of the equasion—to end hostilities. And if he's not, the group theatened to escalate hostilities. "We want to make it clear to those politicians who are going to form the next government not to impose war on us, otherwise we will retaliate vigorously," a spokesman said in an interview. (Read more suicide bombing stories.)

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