Twin Suicide Bomb Blasts Kill 22 in SW Pakistan

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a pair a suicide bomb attacks targeting the house of a top Pakistani security officer Wednesday, that killed at least 22 people including the officer's wife.

Police said the first attacker detonated his vehicle outside the residence of the deputy head of Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps in the southwestern city of Quetta. After that blast, a second bomber on foot stormed the officer's house and detonated his explosives.

The house was badly damaged in the attack, and the blasts wounded more than 60 people.

Pakistan's paramilitary force has been very active in the fight against the country's domestic Taliban group throughout the country's northwest, including the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.

Earlier this week, the paramilitary force took part in an operation with the U.S. and Pakistani spy agencies in Quetta to capture suspected senior al-Qaida operatives.