17 Mar 2009

Bomb kills eight in Pakistan

10:23 am on 17 March 2009

A bomb exploded near a bus stop in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi on Monday, killing eight people, police say.

No one immediately claimed responsibility

Islamist militants opposed to Pakistani support for the US-led campaign against al Qaeda and the Taliban have been blamed for a string of bomb attacks across the country in recent years.

The attack took place hours after the government defused a political crisis with the reinstatement of a Supreme Court chief justice but there was no sign the blast was linked to the political controversy.