Watch for Muslims worldwide to protest against this mosque desecration — what’s that? They won’t? Now, why is that? “Pakistan suicide bombing kills five troops at North Waziristan mosque,” by Zulfiqar Ali and Hashmat Baktash for the Los Angeles Times, December 18 (thanks to Kenneth):
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Five security personnel were killed and 34 wounded Wednesday evening when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden mini-truck into a mosque near a checkpoint in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency, officials said.
Army and Frontier Corps troops were praying at the roadside mosque when the explosion took place, said an official who asked not to be identified for security reasons. Five bodies were retrieved from the debris and 34 wounded soldiers were rescued.
The site of the attack is about 24 miles east of Miram Shah, the administrative headquarters of the volatile tribal agency, which is adjacent to Afghanistan.
In other developments along the border, an estimated three suicide bombers wearing police uniforms attacked a private truck stop Wednesday in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, killing a policeman and wounding two people, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the Nangarhar’s governor.
The site is part of the supply route to the Torkham border crossing, a major gateway between Pakistan and Afghanistan that has supported the 12-year U.S.-led NATO operation in Afghanistan.
The suicide bombers reportedly used small arms and attached magnetic bombs to trucks at the stop, causing 28 of them to catch fire, Abdulzai said. The suicide bombers were shot and killed by security forces.
In a statement emailed to journalists, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack and said it had damaged dozens of trucks and killed many American soldiers. The Taliban has a history of inflating its claims or taking responsibility for events it didn’t initiate….