Suicide Bomb Kills 19 at Pakistan Courthouse

Region hit with seventh militant attack in two weeks
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2009 6:16 AM CST
Suicide Bomb Kills 19 at Pakistan Courthouse
People gather at the blood-stained spot of a suicide bombing outside a courthouse in Peshawar, Pakistan on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

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 in another region close to the Afghan border.

The dead in today's suicide bombing included at least three police; 51 people were reported wounded. The militant onslaught has killed at least 80 in the past two weeks. Drone strikes are highly unpopular among the strongly anti-American local population, both because they often kill civilians and because they fuel the perception that the US is behind the Pakistani army offensive.
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