“A government official accused Islamist militants of carrying out the bombing in revenge for a recent offensive aimed in part at protecting the major supply route for NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan that passes in front of the mosque.” Remember this one the next time you hear a story about Muslims outraged over Americans or Israelis returning fire from a mosque, or over alleged desecration of a Qur’an, etc.
“Suicide attack kills 48 at Pakistani mosque,” by Riaz Khan for Associated Press, March 27 (thanks to all who sent this in):
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide bomber demolished a mosque packed with hundreds of worshippers attending Friday prayers close to the Afghan border, killing at least 48 people and injuring scores more, officials said.
The attack in the Khyber region was the bloodiest in Pakistan this year and came hours before President Barack Obama was due to unveil a revised strategy expected to emphasize the need to eradicate militant havens along the Pakistan-Afghan frontier.
A government official accused Islamist militants of carrying out the bombing in revenge for a recent offensive aimed in part at protecting the major supply route for NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan that passes in front of the mosque.
“Residents of this area had cooperated and helped us a lot. These infidels had warned that they will take revenge,” said Tariq Hayat, the top administrator of the Khyber tribal region. “They are the enemy of Pakistan. They are the enemy of Islam.”
Rising violence in Pakistan is fueling doubts about the pro-Western government’s ability to counter Taliban and al-Qaida militants also blamed for attacks on Western troops in Afghanistan.
The bomber hit the mosque, a popular stop for travelers motoring between Pakistan and Afghanistan, when about 250 people were attending Friday prayers, said Hayat….