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Taleban bombing near Pakistan military HQ kills many

Published on Jan 20, 2014 4:10 PM
 
A Pakistani soldier stands guard near the site of a suicide blast in Rawalpini, on Jan 20, 2014. A Taleban suicide bomber killed at least 13 people in a market next to Pakistan's military headquarters on Monday, a day after one of the deadliest attacks on security forces in recent years. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AFP) - A Taleban suicide bomber killed at least 13 people in a market next to Pakistan's military headquarters on Monday, a day after one of the deadliest attacks on security forces in recent years.

A further 18 people were wounded in the blast which tore through RA bazaar in Rawalpindi, Islamabad's twin city, only 15 metres from the army's General Headquarters, at around 7.45 am (10.15 am Singapore time).

It came a day after the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) killed 26 soldiers and wounded at least 25 others in a suicide bombing in the northwestern town of Bannu.

Two high-profile attacks in 24 hours mark a sharp upturn in violence from the TTP after a period of relative quiet following the death of their leader Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike in November.

 
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