March 4, 2011

Taliban kill 9 in bombing at mosque in northwestern Pakistan

From The Long War Journal by Bill Roggio -
The Pakistani Taliban killed nine people and wounded dozens more in a bombing at a mosque in the violent northwest today. The attack is the latest by the Taliban and allied terror groups to take place at a religious site.

The Taliban detonated the bomb as Friday services ended at a mosque in the Akbarpura area of the Nowshera district, which lies just east of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkwha province.

"It was a planted bomb, we are investigating whether it was a remote control device," a senior police officer told Dawn.

The target of the attack is unclear, however the Taliban have previously targeted security forces and anti-Taliban tribal leaders at mosques. In the past, the Taliban and groups such as the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi have also attacked other religious sects, such as Sufis, Ahmidiyah, Shia, and Christians.

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