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Dozens Killed, 200 Hurt in Mosque Bombing

'Dust and bodies everywhere' as people gathered for prayers in Peshawar, Pakistan

(Newser) - A suicide bomber struck inside a Shiite Muslim mosque in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar during Friday prayers, killing at least 56 worshippers and wounding about 200 others, hospital officials said. No militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Both the Islamic State group and the Pakistani Taliban—...

Pakistan Denies Bail for Iconic 'Afghan Girl'

Sharbat Gula, of 'National Geographic' cover fame, charged with impersonating a Pakistani

(Newser) - In 1985, the green-eyed "Afghan Girl" became famous worldwide as the haunting cover model for National Geographic. In 2016, Sharbat Gula (spelled Gulla in some sources) is making headlines once again after she was arrested last week in Pakistan for allegedly harboring fake ID papers—and this week, a...

Pakistan Makes Arrests in School Massacre

Numerous 'facilitators' in custody, government says

(Newser) - Pakistan isn't just killing militants by the dozen after last week's school massacre , it's arresting some as well. The country's interior minister says "quite a few" people "who were facilitators in one way or the other" are now in custody over the attack that...

On Heels of School Massacre, Pakistan Kills Dozens

67 militant deaths include 32 killed in ambush

(Newser) - Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said today, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people—most of them children—in a school massacre that stunned the country and brought cries for retaliation. The military says ground forces killed...

Pakistan Buries 132 Children, Vows Revenge

Even Afghan Taliban condemn Peshawar massacre

(Newser) - "We will take revenge for each and every drop of our children's blood," Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed as funerals began for 132 children slaughtered in a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar yesterday. Sharif said there would be three days of national mourning for...

'My Dream Has Been Killed': 100 Pakistan Kids Massacred

Gunmen stormed Peshawar military school

(Newser) - At least 145 people, more than 100 of them children and teenagers, are dead in a massacre today after nine Taliban gunmen rampaged through a Pakistani public military school in what's being called the worst such attack in years. The chaotic scene in Peshawar began early today with militants,...

3rd Deadly Blast in a Week Shakes Pakistan's Peshawar

At least 40 killed in latest attack on northeastern city

(Newser) - A car bomb ripped through a crowded street in Peshawar's oldest bazaar, killing 40 people in the third blast to hit the troubled Pakistani city in a week, officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The explosion appeared to have been caused by a bomb planted...

Scared Dad Seeks Asylum Over Moustache

Pakistani man: Extremists are threatening my life

(Newser) - Now that's a stache: Pakistani businessman Malik Amir Mohammad Khan Afridi sports a 30-inch moustache that he calls his pride and joy—but admits could get him killed, the Independent reports. "People give me a lot of respect," says Afridi, who spends $150 monthly to treat the...

Target of Pakistan Blast That Killed 10 Only Scratched

Police commander emerges from attack OK: official

(Newser) - A Pakistan suicide bomber killed at least 10 people near the US consulate in Peshawar today; the attacker was reportedly targeting a police commander who received "only scratches," an official says. Some 28 were wounded in the attack, AFP reports. The bomber detonated his explosives when the commander'...

Militants Attack Pakistan Court Complex; 3 Dead

Dozens injured in suicide bombing, gun fight

(Newser) - Militant gunmen and at least one suicide bomber attacked a court complex in northwestern Pakistan today, killing at least three people and wounding more than two dozen, a government official said. The attackers may have been trying to free militant colleagues jailed on the premises of the compound in Peshawar,...

Pakistan Taliban: We'll Talk, but Won't Stop Fighting

Hakimullah Mehsud's comments come after string of attacks in Peshawar

(Newser) - Pakistan's Taliban is willing to continue negotiating with the government, but it is not about to stop its attacks, its leader said via a video given to Reuters today. This month has seen the group carry out a series of big attacks—including suicide bombings at the Peshawar airport,...

Suicide Bomb Hits US Vehicle in Pakistan

19 Pakistanis injured along with 2 Americans as car bomb explodes in busy street

(Newser) - A bomb attack on a US consular vehicle in Peshawar today killed two Pakistanis, while injuring two American consulate workers and at least 19 Pakistanis on the busy street, reports the AP . Other reports said that five were killed in the suicide bombing, including the Americans, according to the Hindustan...

Bin Laden Fathered 4 Kids While on the Run: Wife

Youngest wife reveals al-Qaeda leader's movements after 9/11

(Newser) - During the nine years Osama bin Laden spent in hiding in Pakistan after 9/11, he made his way between five different homes in the country and fathered four children, according to his youngest wife. As recounted by a Pakistani police report, Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah revealed that two of the children...

Swiss Couple Claims to Have Escaped Taliban

Taliban say ransom paid, prisoners exchanged

(Newser) - A Swiss couple kidnapped by the Taliban while vacationing in Pakistan last July turned up at a Pakistani army post today. The Taliban say a ransom was paid, but David Och and Daniela Widmer claim they escaped, reports the Christian Science Monitor . The couple had appeared in a Taliban video...

Bomb Kills 15 at Pakistan Funeral

Anti-Taliban politician at funeral escaped, but 13 others killed

(Newser) - A suicide bomber attacked a funeral attended by an anti-Taliban politician in northwest Pakistan today, killing at least 15 mourners and wounding 30 others, police said. The politician, Khush Dil Khan, escaped unhurt in the blast on the outskirts of Peshawar. Islamist militants are fighting a vicious war against Pakistani...

Taliban Attacks Fellow Pakistani Militants

Lashkar-e-Islam commits attack, suffers attack from fellow militants

(Newser) - The Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Islam is sometimes described as part of the broader Taliban movement, but if so there's trouble in paradise. A Taliban suicide bomber reportedly attacked a Lashkar-e-Islam base in the Tirah Valley today, killing 23 people, Pakistani officials tell the AP . It's unknown how many...

Deadly Blasts Kill 34 in Pakistan Market

Taliban deny responsibility for most deadly attack since Osama bin Laden killing

(Newser) - Twin explosions ripped through a market district in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, earlier today, killing at least 34 people and injuring more than 100. The initial bomb went off in a hotel bathroom from a timed device, say police, but the second was detonated by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle....

Pakistan Forces Kill 54 Militants

Three troops also killed in firefight near Afghan border

(Newser) - Pakistani security forces backed by helicopter gunships and jets killed 54 alleged militants in a much-contested region near the Afghan border, a government official said today. Three troops also died in the clashes. Pakistani troops were doing routine patrolling in the Mohmand tribal region when they came under attack, according...

Pakistan Bomber Kills 31
 Pakistan Bomber Kills 31 

Pakistan Bomber Kills 31

Taliban take credit for blast at military training grounds

(Newser) - A suicide bomber linked to the Pakistani Taliban attacked soldiers during morning exercises at an army training camp in the northwest today, killing 31 troops and wounding 42 others. There were conflicting accounts about the identity of the bomber: An examination of the body parts at the scene indicated the...

Suicide Bomber Kills 50 at Pakistani Mosque

Mosque was gathering place for anti-Taliban militia leaders

(Newser) - At least 50 people were killed and another 80 wounded in a suicide bombing at a popular mosque in Northwestern Pakistan today, in one of the year’s deadliest attacks. The mosque was probably targeted because it is a frequent meeting place for the leaders of the local anti-Taliban militia,...

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