March 3rd, 2013
11:04 AM ET

Deadly blasts in Pakistan

[Updated at 12:23 p.m.] A total of 27 people were killed and 60 were wounded, police say.

[Posted at 11:04 a.m.] Back-to-back blasts in Pakistan's largest city killed at least 10 people, police said.

The two explosions wounded 30 others in Karachi's Abbas town, said Muhammad Aslam, a police official. Police believe there are more bodies under the rubble of a market damaged by the blasts.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf condemned the attack.

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February 26th, 2013
05:17 AM ET

Polio workers attacked again in Pakistan

Health workers administering polio vaccinations to children came under attack in northern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing their police escort, authorities said.

Two women administering the shots entered a house on the outskirts of Mardan when two assailants on a motorbike opened fire of them, according to Danishwar Khan, a local police official.

Attacks like these have become a frequent occurrence in some parts of Pakistan and have left 10 workers dead.

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February 23rd, 2013
08:11 AM ET

Leader of militant group arrested as authorities probe Quetta blast

Pakistani authorities arrested the leader of an outlawed Sunni militant group believed to be behind a suicide bombing at a marketplace that left dozens dead, a senior police official said.

Malik Ishaq, the leader the al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e Jhangvi, was taken into custody Friday at his home in Rahim Yar Khan in the Punjab province, police official Ishfaq Gujar said.

Police did not outline the charges against Ishaq, but said it was part of a crackdown on the group.

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Shiites protest bombing by not burying dead
Smoke rises following a bomb explosion in Quetta, Pakistan, on Saturday.
February 19th, 2013
01:47 AM ET

Shiites protest bombing by not burying dead

Shiite Muslims in the Pakistani city of Quetta are refusing to bury scores of people killed in a devastating weekend bombing until authorities respond to their demands to take military action against the Sunni extremists behind the attack.

The macabre protest is an expression of the anger and frustration among Shiites in the southwestern province of Balochistan, whose capital is Quetta, over the government's failure to shield them from a series of bloody sectarian attacks in recent months.

The outlawed Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has said it carried out the attack Saturday in Quetta in which police say a suicide bomber rammed a water tanker laden with explosives into a crowded marketplace, setting off a huge blast that killed more than 80 people and wounded at least 180 others.

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Pakistani police: Suicide bomber behind blast that killed 83
Smoke rises following a bomb explosion in Quetta, Pakistan, on Saturday.
February 17th, 2013
12:13 AM ET

Pakistani police: Suicide bomber behind blast that killed 83

Pakistani police have revised the cause of a blast that killed at least 83 people on Saturday.

Police now say a suicide bomber, driving an explosive-laden water tanker, rammed the vehicle into buildings at a crowded marketplace in Quetta.

Previously, police said explosives were packed in a parked water tanker and were remotely detonated.

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February 16th, 2013
09:51 AM ET

Bomb rips Shiite enclave in Pakistan city; casualties reported

A blast targeting Shiites in a busy Pakistani marketplace claimed many deaths and injuries on Saturday, police told CNN

The sectarian strike occurred in the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta.

An explosives laden water tanker parked in a marketplace along the Karana Road section of the city was remotely detonated. said Mir Zubair Mehmood, a Quetta senior police official.

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February 14th, 2013
10:00 AM ET

7 slain in Pakistan bombing

A suicide bomber in northwestern Pakistan rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a military checkpoint on Thursday and killed seven people, police said.

The bomber targeted paramilitary forces and soldiers, senior police official Shaukat Ali Shah said. Four civilians, including two women, were among the dead. Eight others were injured.

There has been no claim of responsibility.

Taliban attack victim Malala released from hospital
February 8th, 2013
10:08 AM ET

Taliban attack victim Malala released from hospital

Pakistani teen Malala Yousufzai, shot by the Taliban in October, has been released from the hospital following operations to repair her skull and restore her hearing, according to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England.

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February 3rd, 2013
03:23 PM ET

Recovering Malala has skull, ear surgery

Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousufzai was in stable condition at a British hospital on Sunday after undergoing surgeries to repair her skull and help her hearing, officials said.

"Both operations were a success and Malala is now recovering in hospital. Her medical team are 'very pleased' with the progress she has made so far," the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham said in a statement. "She is awake and talking to staff and members of her family."

Saturday's five-hour operations were the latest step on a long road to recovery for Malala, who was shot in the head and neck by Taliban gunmen in October for speaking out in favor of education for Pakistani girls.

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February 2nd, 2013
06:30 AM ET

Officials: Militants target Pakistan army base in attack that leaves at least 35 dead

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) - Militants attacked an army base in northwest Pakistan in a coordinated assault that resulted in an hours long gun battle that left at least 35 people dead on Saturday, intelligence and security officials said.

At least 13 security personnel, 10 civilians and 12 militants were killed in the early morning attack on the base that included housing for Pakistani military personnel and their families near the town of Serai Naurang in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the officials said.

About 40 militants targeted the base as well at least one house believed to be a home for some of the personnel and their families.

Two of the militants who were killed were wearing suicide jackets, intelligence officials said. Ten civilians, including three women and three children, also died when one of the suicide bombers entered a nearby house and detonated the explosives, they said.

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January 10th, 2013
11:40 AM ET

Report: String of deadly blasts hit Quetta, Pakistan

At least nine people were injured in two successive explosions in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, CNN affiliate Geo TV said Thursday. A Geo TV photojournalist is among the injured, Geo TV said.

Earlier in the day, 11 people were killed and 27 others were injured when a bomb planted in a vehicle near a security checkpoint in the center of Quetta exploded, police spokesman Wazir Khan Nasir said.

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January 10th, 2013
06:56 AM ET

Children among dead in Pakistan bombing

A blast in the city of Quetta in southwest Pakistan killed 11 people and injured 27 more Thursday, police said. Children were among the dead.

A bomb planted in a vehicle near a security checkpoint in the center of town caused the explosion, which wrecked a marketplace and destroyed eight security vehicles, police spokesman Wazir Khan Nasir said.

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January 8th, 2013
08:57 AM ET

India: 2 soldiers killed in firefight with Pakistani troops

Two Indian soldiers died in a firefight Tuesday with Pakistan army troops in Indian-administered Kashmir, the Indian Army said in a statement, amid heightened tensions in the region. India said a group of Pakistani troops had crossed the Line of Control - the de facto border between India and Pakistan in the disputed Kashmir region. A spokesman for the Pakistani military denied the report, calling it a "baseless allegation."

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January 8th, 2013
07:46 AM ET

9 suspected militants killed in drone strike in Pakistan

A drone strike on a militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan early Tuesday killed nine suspected militants, two Pakistani intelligence officials told CNN.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the drone fired four missiles at the hideout in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan, one of seven districts in Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

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January 4th, 2013
04:39 AM ET

Pakistani girl Malala released from hospital

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head for campaigning for girls' education, has been released from the hospital in Birmingham, England, the hospital said Friday.

The teen will continue undergoing rehabilitation at her temporary home in the United Kingdom.

Malala was shot by gunmen last fall. She had blogged fearlessly about girls' education and accused the Taliban of thriving on ignorance.

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2 drone attacks kill 15 in Pakistan
Attacks by suspected U.S. drones have increased in recent years. (U.S. Airforce/File)
January 3rd, 2013
03:17 AM ET

2 drone attacks kill 15 in Pakistan

Two suspected U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan left 15 people dead, including an anti-U.S. Taliban commander, multiple Pakistani intelligence officials told CNN Thursday.

The first attack, by a drone that fired two missiles, targeted 11 suspected militants in South Waziristan, a tribal area on the border with Afghanistan. Mullah Nazir, a Taliban commander, was killed in the strike, along with 10 others, intelligence officials said.

A second attack left four more people dead in North Waziristan, including Pakistan Taliban commander Shah Faisal, intelligence officials confirmed.

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December 28th, 2012
09:12 AM ET

Drone strike kills 4, Pakistani sources say

A drone strike killed four militants in North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan, two Pakistani intelligence officials told CNN.

The officials said the drone fired two missiles at a militant hideout.

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Car bomb kills 3, injures 18 outside Pakistani paramilitary HQ
A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into a government paramilitary base in Karachi on November 8.
November 7th, 2012
11:20 PM ET

Car bomb kills 3, injures 18 outside Pakistani paramilitary HQ

[Updated 5:24 a.m.] A military spokesman said 3 people have died due to the blast. The injured toll stands at 18. 

[Updated 11:48 p.m.]  Military spokesman Major Bilal Farooq said 21 Rangers were injured; 11 were evacuated to a hospital; 3 are in critical condition. He condemned the attack as a "cowardly act."

[Updated 11:24 p.m.] Javed Odho, a senior Karachi police official, that it was a suicide attack. A truck carrying more than 100 kg (220 lbs) of explosive material hit a gate of Rangers headquarter.

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November 6th, 2012
10:56 AM ET

Sectarian attack kills 3 in Pakistan

Two gunmen opened fire on a vehicle today in southwestern Pakistan, killing three people and wounding two others, police said.

It was a "sectarian targeted killing," said Wazir Khan Nasar, deputy inspector general of police in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province.

The assailants managed to escape.

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November 3rd, 2012
08:58 AM ET

Medal of Courage for girls with Malala

Two Pakistani girls who were injured alongside teenage activist Malala Yousufzai will be awarded medals of courage, the country's  prime minister said Saturday.

Malala was shot at point-blank range while on her way home from school October 9. The 15-year-old initially gained international attention in 2009, writing a blog about her life as the Taliban gained a foothold in her home region, in northwest Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Rehman Malik said he plans to award the two girls the Sitara e Jurrat, known as the star of courage, the third-highest military award in Pakistan. Kainat Riaz Ahmed and Shazia Ramzan will receive the award, an honor not normally bestowed to civilians.

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