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Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 50 in Mosque

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Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 50 in Pakistan Mosque

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Mar. 27 -- A suicide bomber detonated his explosives Friday in a crowded mosque in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 50 people and leaving more bodies buried in the rubble of the building, officials said.

The attack, coming on the same day that President Obama will introduce a new strategy to fight terror and extremism in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, took place in the Khyber tribal agency, a semi-autonomous zone near the Afghan border that has been plagued by Islamist insurgents, criminal gangs and tribal conflicts. It is a busy cross-border corridor and was a major avenue for U.S. military supplies into Afghanistan until a series of armed attacks on convoys and truck depots last year made the route too dangerous to navigate.

The attack was the most lethal bombing in Pakistan since a suicide truck bomb devastated the luxury Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, the capital, last September, killing 54 people and injuring more than 200.

Officials said the death toll could rise to more than 70, a grim and dramatic reminder that Pakistan, a Muslim nation of 160 million that shares a porous 1,500-mile border with Afghanistan, has not been able to quell terror attacks despite the efforts of a large professional army and other security forces.

Pakistan has been attempting to negotiate with various Islamic militant groups that often operate and attack inside Pakistan, even as Afghan and U.S. officials have accused Pakistani intelligence agencies of assisting other such groups that focus their violent attacks across the border in Afghanistan. Both groups use the tribal zones as sanctuaries and staging areas for attacks.

The Obama administration in Washington is trying to salvage its drifting policy in Afghanistan, where thousands of U.S. and NATO troops have been battling Islamic fighters without marked progress. The president reportedly plans to add another 4,000 troops to the effort, which would bring the total of American forces there to more than 60,000. Officials said many of those killed and wounded Friday were members of the Frontier Corps, a paramilitary force that patrols the tribal zones. The mosque that was targeted was located in Jamrud town, near the main highway leading to the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan. It is very close to a major Frontier Corps barracks that dates back to British colonial rule.

"We are struggling to find the survivors," Tariq Hayat, the top government administrator for Khyber, told a Pakistani television station. He said orders had been given to "shoot to kill" any suspected terrorists in the area but did not speculate on what group was behind the bombing.

Many victims of the blast were rushed to hospitals in this large, provincial capital, about 10 miles away. The government declared an emergency at all area hospitals.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, visiting the city of Quetta, condemned the bombing. He told a news conference that terrorism was a "regional problem" and that all area governments must improve cooperation in fighting it.

On the other hand, in a sign of Pakistan's continued ambivalence about U.S. military efforts in the region, Zardari said he hoped Obama's policy review would take into account the "ground realities" of Pakistan. Such references by Pakistani officials generally mean that there is widespread hostility among Pakistanis to anti-terrorist operations, especially cross-border bombing raids by unmanned U.S. drones. The raids often kill civilians as well as suspected insurgents, spurring citizen protests. Zadari said his government is raising the issue of U.S. drone attacks with Washington.

Constable reported from Kabul, Afghanistan. Special correspondent Hussain Shaiq reported from Islamabad.

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Been watching the BBC 24 coverage of this at work (pics only, no sound). Totally baffling what people think can be achieved by killing fellow Muslims praying in a masjid - can ANYONE answer this please?

Shameful. We've (all of us) allowed a beautiful, tolerant, peace-loving and life-affirming faith to be hijacked by savages and barbarians, our impotent leaders talk the talk but pretty much all of them stop at just talk.

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Thank God it was not shias because you know these wahhabis they want to enforce sharia law in the region and FBI and Mossad doesn't want that to happen and that taliban are buncha brutes anyway so you see the world is very complicated place nowadays. If the taliban manage to enforce sharia law then shias are in trouble, and we won't let that happen. Perhaps Iran should interfere in the region.

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I thought Muslims wouldn't do such a thing :rolleyes:

Thank God it was not shias because you know these wahhabis they want to enforce sharia law in the region and FBI and Mossad doesn't want that to happen and that taliban are buncha brutes anyway so you see the world is very complicated place nowadays. If the taliban manage to enforce sharia law then shias are in trouble, and we won't let that happen. Perhaps Iran should interfere in the region.

Well there are members on here who support Sharia law in the West so perhaps they can move there once the Taliban enforces Sharia. What's wrong with that?

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Sharia law in the West

God has created a difference between East and West for a reason. There won't be any sharia law in the west, thats like unbelievable wishful thinking. Imagine Taliban shooting women in Los Angeles on the head. Lashing Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, other stars. Is that even possible?

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What about Brelvies? I believe in past, there were some Wahabi/Deobandi assaults on Brelvies in those areas?

There are three groups in Khyber Agency. Lashkar-e-Islam, Ansar-ul-Islam and Tanzeem Amar Bil Maroof Wa Nahi Anil Munqar. They have attacked each other in the past I think and one of these groups was attacked by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan as well. All these three are anti-Shia as far as I know. Lashkar-e-Islam is the one that hasn't attacked Government/Security Forces yet.

One of these groups has Sufi inclination, Ansar-ul-Islam perhaps so might be another attack by these three on each other or may be by taliban. Things will be clear in a day or two I guess, about who did it and what 'reason' they have for it.

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I thought Muslims wouldn't do such a thing :rolleyes:

Well there are members on here who support Sharia law in the West so perhaps they can move there once the Taliban enforces Sharia. What's wrong with that?

I am sure you are happy about this incident, Muslims being killed in a mosque! You support all sectarian conflicts in Pakistan.

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I am sure you are happy about this incident, Muslims being killed in a mosque! You support all sectarian conflicts in Pakistan.

He (discofek) basically hates Islam and religion. In his own book, every wrongdoer is a model "Muslim". Anyway, I'm sure the jahil nation will classify this as an attack by foreign saboteurs, or even our own intelligence agencies. There's no limit to human ignorance. The minions of Satan who are responsible for this inhuman and cowardly bombing will soon suffer the consequences in the most horrible fashion.

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