Source : http://www.guardian.co.uk
Oct. 12, 2009 After a suicide attack against a UN building on last Monday, a bomb in central Peshawar that killed 53 people on Friday and an audacious assault on the Pakistani military headquarters in Rawalpindi this week-end, the Talibans struck again today when at least 41 people were killed in a suicide car bombing targeting an army vehicle in the north-western district of Shangla.
Shangla lies east of Swat, which has been the focus of an intense military offensive against the Taliban. The army says it has largely cleared the valley of the insurgents. Many of the Taliban are believed to have melted into the rural areas or gone to neighbouring districts.
There are increasing fears for the stability of Pakistan, but the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, declared the assault showed that militants were "increasingly threatening the authority of the state" in Pakistan, but we see no evidence they were going to take over the state".Read »