A suicide car-bomber hit Pakistan’s intelligence agency in the northwestern province of Peshawar, killing at least seven people and injuring 35. According to the head of the local government, most of the victims were civilians. A separate blast at a police station injured at least ten people in the town of Bannu.
The attacks come amidst a fresh wave of militant violence in response to the ongoing anti-Taliban offensive in the South Waziristan region. Two weeks ago, a suicide bomber struck a market in Peshawar, killing over 100 people and injuring dozens. Analysts believe that civilians are increasingly being targeted because militants find themselves cornered by Pakistani forces. Nevertheless, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani indicated that the state is committed to “eliminating terrorism completely.”
Read more at BBC South Asia.