March 12th, 2010
07:27 AM ET

At least 39 killed in Pakistan bombings

LAHORE, Pakistan - Twin suicide blasts killed at least 39 people and injured 95 others Friday in a high security area with a dense military presence, local police said.

The suicide assailants targeted military convoys, approaching on foot and detonating their explosives 15 to 20 seconds apart, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah said on local television. Five of the dead were Pakistani soldiers, he said.

The blasts ripped through a busy market area of Pakistan's second most populous city. The streets were crowded just before the start of Friday prayers, according to CNN affiliate Geo TV.

Earlier this week, gunmen entered a North West Frontier Province compound of the humanitarian agency World Vision, threw grenades, opened fire on the staff inside and detonated a homemade bomb before leaving, according to a World Vision statement.

The violence comes amid a Pakistani crackdown on militants that has resulted in the arrests of top Taliban operatives.

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  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    Surprise, the allegedly corrupt Afghanistan President Karzai was in the middle of negotiations with Aghan Taliban #2 when the CIA swept in and with the supposed help of the Pakistani ISI arrested him!

    Afghanistan Presidential aide reported that Karzai is extremely angry’ at Taliban boss’ arrest.

    Apparently Gen McChrystal and his staff were not even aware that the Afghan government was holding secret talks with the Taliban's No. 2 when he was captured in Pakistan, and the arrest totally infuriated President Hamid Karzai.

    The detention of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar — second in the Taliban only to one-eyed Mullah Mohammed Omar — has raised new questions about whether the U.S. is willing to back peace discussions with leaders who harbored the terrorists behind the Sept. 11 attacks. Karzai "was very angry" when he heard that the Pakistanis had picked up Baradar with an assist from U.S. intelligence, the adviser said. Besides the ongoing talks, he said Baradar had "given a green light" to participating in a three-day peace jirga that Karzai is hosting next month.

    Perhaps more than anyone in the entire region of Afghanistan, Karzi knows his life won't be worth spit if he can't work out some arrangement with the Taliban before the American troops leave next year. President Karzi is not yet planning his exit strategy, he is however trying desperately to insure his personal survival HOWEVER it now appears some US Agency's do not want him to succeed!

    March 15, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sayed

    You are absolutely out of your game zone Dan. The ISI did have some contacts with them back in the days and so did US govt, Saudi govt, British govt, French govt, Australian govt and bunch of other western countries. Its easy to blame Pakistan for every failure of US govt policies and act like an ostrich and burry your head in the sand but thats not going to save you from the storm that is fast flying towards you. Please pull you head out.

    Why are you sure? cause this is what US govt told you. Well they are there for past 8 years with all the most advanced technology in the planet, they can supposedly count the wings of the bees from the sky, Forget about everything else, how come they are not even able to create a standing army of Afghans in the last 8 years? All they do is blame Pakistan, Iran, Alqaida, Taliban, and the unicorn horse for their troubles but them themselves have nothing to show for except the mayor of Kabul – Karzai – and Elections they that themselves admit are full of fraud.

    How come they havnt even secured Qandahar – the spiritual capital of Taliban – from Taliban in the last 8 years?


    Now Jihad. Well Jihad is an absolute ture concept in Islam. There is no denial in it. But if you dont follow the stricts laws laid by Islam for the conduct of Jihad you are commiting what Islam calls Fissad and these people who are killing innocent civilians are either Fissadies or doing it for revenge of drone attacks since they consider the govt of Pakistan and its people to be betrayers – like Judas – and hence they commit their evil acts wrapping them in Jihad but actually conducting Fissad.

    Tons of Ulemah have condemned suicide bombings against civilians – doesnt matter who – but let me ask you a question? How is this war any different then soviet war of Afghanistan? I am sure for Russians they had their reasons and Americans have their reasons you dont need to go into them since i know them but for an average afghan how are these two sets of soldiers any different? They are both occupyers p romising heaven if Afghans accept them as liberators.

    AMERICA and the WEST needs to get out of that region and lets the region solve it own issues.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. andrew

    perhaps some counter terrorists will do the job....speaciily trained soliders who contain it quickly and cleanly

    March 15, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel

    As long as these Pakistni cronies do everything the right-wing thugs in Washington tell them to do,these bombings will only continue and I see no end to it.The ISI,in spite of all it's brutality,can't stop them either.

    March 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. A. Smith, Oregon

    Such missions of mass destruction is simply par for the Muslim conversion of the world. Wherever the Muslim religion has become a majority, religious intolerance, death and mass violence erupts to systematically clean out the infidel minority's.

    Western nations should wake up and realize this could very well happen in your country if the Muslim followers reaches their critical tipping activation point of 30-40% of your population when real violence and mayhem begins.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dan Lafayette,IN

    The whole of Islam should stand up and condemn these suicide bombings and tell these Islamic radicals that their destiny is in hell if they do not repent and I wonder if Pakistan has enough heart to arrest Omar, bin Laden and al Zawahiri because I'm sure the ISI knows where they are.

    March 12, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |