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Wednesday
Mar092011

Pakistani Taliban Claims Responsibility for Deadly Car Bombing

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(FAISALABAD, Pakistan) -- The Pakistani Taliban have taken responsibility for the car bomb that left at least two dozen people dead and over 130 others wounded in Faisalabad Tuesday.

Shortly after the explosion, the militant group released a statement that it meant for the bomb to destroy the offices of the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, which has played both sides of the fence over the years in Pakistan's war against radical Islamists.

But the police chief in Faisalabad said the car bomb actually went off at a gas station, casting doubt over the Taliban's assertion that the ISI was the intended target.

It's possible that the bomb might have been the work of banned Islamist groups who have committed violence against minorities, particularly Christians.

Tuesday's blast was the first major attack in Faisalabad in several years.

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Tuesday
Mar082011

Car Bomb Leaves Dozens Dead, Injured in Pakistan

USGS [dot] gov(FAISALABAD, Pakistan) -- At least 22 people were killed and dozens more injured when a car bomb went off in Pakistan Tuesday, according to officials.

The bomb detonated close to a gas station in Faisalabad, triggering a large blast as several gas cylinders at the station exploded.  Police offices, as well as an intelligence agency’s office, were also in the vicinity of the blast, which wounded scores of passersby and many working in the area.

Of note, Faisalabad was also the home town of Shahbaz Bhatti, the Pakistani minister for minorities affairs who was assassinated in Islamabad last week.

The government of Punjab, the province where Faisalabad is situated, has always looked the other way when it comes to the presence of militants and a possible action against them.  But recently, Pakistan's interior minister called it the "hub of militants."

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