13 Mar 2010

More suicide bomb fatalities in Pakistan

8:46 pm on 13 March 2010

A suicide bomber targeting security forces in Pakistan's Swat Valley has killed at least 10 people.

The assault near a security checkpost came a day after a suicide attack on the military killed at least 45 people in the city of Lahore.

The latest attack killed two soldiers, three policemen and five civilians.

Militants are challenging government assertions that an offensive in the militant stronghold of South Waziristan had dealt a major blow to the al Qaeda-backed Pakistani Taliban.

Lahore suicide bombings

Two suicide bombers killed at least 45 people in Lahore on Friday.

The attacks, which occurred within seconds of each other, targeted military vehicles as they passed through crowded areas. One was in a market as people gathered for prayers, and the other in a busy residential area.

At least nine soldiers were among the dead and about 100 people were wounded.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings but earlier in the week the Taliban destroyed a building used by intelligence services in Lahore, killing 13.