July 25, 2013

Militants Storm ISI Headquarters in Sukkur, killing 4 and wounding 40

Bailey Cahall | AfPak Channel | Foreign Policy | At least four security officials died and 40 more people were injured in the town of Sukkur in Sindh province on Wednesday night when militants stormed the local headquarters of the Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistan's powerful military intelligence agency. According to multiple reports, at least five attackers broke in to the heavily guarded compound and detonated four bombs before seizing control of a government building and exchanging gunfire with security personnel; all five militants were among the dead. While many government officials are attributing the attack to the Pakistani Taliban, no one has claimed responsibility for the assault.

During his weekly press briefing on Thursday, Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, the spokesman for Pakistan's Foreign office, said the Afghan Taliban's political office in Doha would reopen soon, but he provided no information to support that claim. Chaudhry also said the dates for Afghan President Hamid Karzai's visit to Pakistan would be decided shortly, and that the CIA drone campaign would be addressed with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry when he visits Islamabad next week.

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