Bomb Blasts in NW Pakistan Kill 24

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in northwestern Pakistan said Sunday two separate bomb attacks killed at least 24 people and wounded more than 45 others.

In the first incident, a bomb ripped through a passenger vehicle at a bus terminal in Matani, a town near the city of Peshawar, killing six people and wounding at least 10 others.

Hours later, a bomb explosion at a bakery in the town of Nowshera left 18 people dead and more than 35 others wounded. Local authorities warned the death toll could rise as many wounded were in critical condition.

There are conflicting reports about what caused the blast at the bakery. The Associated Press quoted local police as saying a suicide bomber was responsible. But Agence France Press quoted provincial information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain as saying a remote-controlled bomb was planted at the entrance of the bakery.

The attacks came after the reported death of al-Qaida operative Ilyas Kashmiri in a U.S. drone strike in the South Waziristan tribal region Friday and a month after U.S. special forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad.