2 Bombings Kill 6 in Pakistan
Karachi – Two bombings have killed three soldiers and as many seminary students in Pakistan, officials said Monday. In the first incident, a roadside bomb killed three Pakistani soldiers in an area bordering South and North Waziristan near the Afghan border Sunday night, an army statement said.
Pakistani troops have been fighting for years against militancy in the tribal regions, which are home to a mix of local and al-Qaida linked foreign militants. The second bombing killed three seminary students in the southern commercial hub of Karachi on Monday morning, said police official Javed Odho. He said the blast also wounded at least 10 students at the religious school adjacent to a mosque, which belonged to the country’s majority Muslim Sunni sect.
Odho said there was no indication as to why it would be a target. The explosion went off as students were in class, he said. It was not clear whether the bomb was planted inside the seminary or if someone threw a hand grenade from the outside, the officer said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Karachi has been a scene of ethnic, political, sectarian and militant violence. The Islamic militants who have sanctuaries in the Pakistani tribal areas use the port city to rest and generate money through robberies, kidnapping for ransom and extortion. Terrorist attacks have resumed after a relative lull since the Taliban two weeks ago called off a ceasefire that had been part of efforts to negotiate peace.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has made the negotiations a centerpiece of his policy to end years of fighting that has killed thousands of people. Though the ceasefire has been called off, the Taliban have said the talks would go on. The Pakistani government is trying to resume the negotiations. (AP)