Pakistan: Taliban expand suicide attacks

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 34 people in the country’s northwest March 9. The bomber detonated his explosives at a funeral procession for the wife of an anti-Taliban militiamen near Peshawar. Militia leaders charged the government with betrayal.”We are ending all co-operation with the government. We will not forgive the Taliban for the death of our people, but we will avenge these deaths in our own way now,” Dilawar Khan, leader of the Qaumi Amn Lashkar militia told the BBC. “We’ve fought against the Taliban. We’ve done what the government had to do but in exchange the government we didn’t even receive security for a funeral.” (AKI, RFE/RL, March 9) On March 8, militants targeted a gas station in Faisalabad, Punjab province, with a car bomb that killed some 25 people. The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility. (RFE/RL, March 9)

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