July 15th, 2010
10:23 AM ET

Suicide bomber blows himself up near military convoy

A suicide bomber blew himself up near a military convoy in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing five people and injuring more than 40, a local government official said.

The fatalities included two women, authorities said. The blast near a bus station targeted the convoy driving through Mingora, Imran Qureshi told reporters.

MORE: U.S. battles for supplies as convoy attacks increase

Qureshi said the nature of the explosion was not known. It was unclear whether any of the victims are soldiers.

Video on local TV showed charred remains of vehicles as soldiers inspected the scene.

Last year, the Pakistani army launched a major offensive against the Taliban in the Swat Valley, and military officials say the region has been cleared of extremists.

Militant attacks have decreased significantly in the area this year. The last one in March was a suicide attack that killed more than a dozen people just outside Mingora.

Mingora is the largest city in Pakistan's Swat Valley.

-Journalist Nasir Dawar contributed to this report

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  1. pashtun

    brain washer!!!! buy it on ebay for $13000 or more, procedes go 2 bomber's family

    July 23, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Gannon_1

    Why is this news?

    July 20, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mr. Zippy

    Hold on now, all you "POS" people. 1 dead Muslim + 5 dead Muslims = 6 dead Muslims. What's wrong with that math?

    July 19, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Been there and got the t-shirt oorah

    glad to see these idiots are blowing themselves up hopefully the population will start to realize they are idiots but who knows......

    July 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Suicide bombing it's a dying art...

      July 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JWGacy

    I'll bet he's sorry now. Anyway – it's one less. Enjoy the goats and sheep in 'heaven'.

    July 19, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. dindy Sri lanka

    thanks to Nasir Dawar for reporting. Must continue to find terrorists hide out from every where in the country and the people in Pakistan must help the government to win against

    July 19, 2010 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. BONNET

    Hey everyone go to http://WWW.GLC "Gods learning channel" and listen to Walit Shoebat an ex-Muslin

    July 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anabel

      What is illegal and who is pretending to be a Christian?

      July 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Islamithesalmai

    Hey, I want to have 72 virgins myself. Tell me again, how many women and children to I have to kill in the name of Allah?

    July 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anabel

    Ancient Greek predates Latin.

    July 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mr. Zippy

    This is a "dog bites man" story...

    July 18, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Anabel

      Rubbish there is no such thing. The nearest thing is 'Gawd' a corruption of the English word.

      July 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Othertrucker

    They must mean 72 "virgin" goats await them in "heaven". I'll bet they're surprised when they find out that it's all a lie.

    July 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      It's 72 Biatches.

      July 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. osama

    mmmmmmmmmmmmm...72 virgins

    July 17, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Is that you again,Funny boy?Now blogging under bin Laden's name?You think of everything,don't you?At any rate,he's probably dead now so it won't hurt him.

      July 17, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        If that's the case why are you worrying?

        July 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dwight huth

    I have read alot of books about war and I can say one thing is true that there has never been a victory by those who purposely send in their soldiers and along with killing for or five people maybe even more they kill theirself. What a demoralizing effect it must have on the bombers that the only place that they goto after they have blown up is on that wall over there, a little bit on this table, some toes in the middle of the street maybe an arm in the sheep pen.

    July 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Randy

    I hear they are experimenting with radio waves that will ignite IEDs in front of convoys..Imagine hitting the "on" switch and watching a couple of these losers going off like a roman candle...I'd pay to see that.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Phil

    It seems now they can't recognize a military target when it's right in front of them. Maybe the 'liberated' women were more of a threat than the soldiers. What a bunch of weeeenies

    July 16, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      The women are the ultimate weapon to change this equation. Until the women are liberated, and/or decide to act to change this situation, nothing will ever change in Afghanistan. Educate the women and empower them and they will do the rest. The Taliban fear this the most.

      July 16, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  16. American "Crusader" in Afghanistan

    They are nothing but diseased dogs.

    No matter what verbal diarrhea they (and their religious leaders) try and dress it up in to justify their actions, it is still murder of the innocents and they will burn in Hell. My job is to get them there sooner...

    I have studied the history and have the greatest of respect for the Afghan and Pakistan people. It's the religious zealots and murderers that I have a problem with and no desire to understand. My only desire is to kill every last one of them and let the good people (of any faith) live in peace.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      The Communists tried to solve that problem 30 years ago but the West wouldn't let them by supporting the opposition of which the Taliban were members.Now we are facing the consequences of helping these "diseased dogs" as you call them.The Communists should have triumphed but didn't.

      July 16, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        Daniel-2,
        You mean when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan it was to secure their southern border from Bin Laden and religious extremism? Boy it's a good thing that the Reagan Administration was giving Stinger Missiles to the enemies of those who would destroy our American way of life. If we understood the nature of this conflict back then, maybe 911 would never had occured. But then again we were too busy dealing with the Iranian Islamic Revolution. No pattern here to learn from.

        July 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mr. Zippy

        You are so right

        July 18, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Thank you,Mr.Zippy for agreeing with me.We need more intelectuals and fewer ignorant Tea Partiers and warmongers to blog in here.

        July 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Georgia Goad

      American Crusader....you have quite a job ahead of you. You do sound as though you know where the dangers lie for the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thank goodness you know the difference between the innocent people and the "religious zealots and murders". Be safe in any instance.....

      July 16, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • 11c Infantry

      I'm with American "Crusader" in Afghanistan

      July 16, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  17. Barack

    Coming from a son of Afghanistan, it makes me sad to see naive extremists come to my country and kill my brothers because they have been brainwashed by extremist cowards. I support the Americans as they at least show a sense of humanity to my country and citizens to try and make it better. My neighbor was killed by a suicide bomber and I know that I speak for the majority of Afghanistan when I say that we do not support the Taliban. They are cowards and murderers. If you want to die, don't take the lives of the innocent.

    July 16, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      We need to hear more news like this. All we ever hear is how the US is soooo evil for 'invading' Iraq and Afghanistan. If anyone thinks we did something wrong they should ask the Iraqi and Afghani women how their lives have changed

      July 16, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Georgia Goad

      Thank you Barack, you don't know how refreshing it is to see your comment. I pray every night for anyone, man, woman and child to be safe and well everywhere. Our country, your home country......Bless you my son....GG

      July 16, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Do the Americans really show any more humanity than the Russians did back in the 1980's or is this just more of that right-wing propaganda???

      July 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  18. George

    Sadly it looks like the only way for the world to rid itself of the scourge is to keep killing them wherever and whenever we can find them. This subhuman species does not even know its own cause, only that 72 virgins await.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Come on,George,quit harboring so much hatred.Besides what did the Muslims ever do to you?You need to learn to understand them and learn their history.

      July 16, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        I completely agree with you,Onesmallvoice.Ignorance can do a lot of harm and get right-wing politicians elected because it generates nothing but hatred and that's what makes the Tea Party Movement flourish.

        July 16, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        I don't have a problem with 'learning' about the taliban as long as there is a happy ending that includes a Predator Drone.

        July 16, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Here goes Funny boy using my name again.The only happy ending to this story will be when all the foreigners clear out of Afghanistan if that ever happens and let's all pray that it will.

        July 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      These idiots don't realize there are no virgins in hell.

      July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • GB

      Too bad those "Virgins" are probably 72 armed Catholic nuns .

      July 19, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  19. FatLazyIgnorantSUVDrivingPigAmericanIdiot

    I got two words for this guy: Awe Some!!

    July 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • AKHEED

      DEATH TO ISLAM AND ALL MUSLIMS!

      July 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ernie Beatty

        I second that and long live NATO and our home grown Tea Party Movement!!! By fall,we'll have our candidates elected to public office.We're on the move!!!!

        July 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

        Sadly enough,Ernie,I'm afraid you're right and that's bad for America.

        July 17, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mrs. Pooh

        Having a pair of Humongous non-literal balls; we all know what the Tea Party Liberals are good for! Suck On!

        July 18, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  20. VicS

    Maybe he was just practicing?

    July 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  21. USMC

    WHAT A POS

    July 15, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |