27 Sep 2009

Bombs kill 16 in Pakistan

5:41 am on 27 September 2009

At least 16 people have been killed by two suicide car bombs in north-western Pakistan.

Ten people are reported to have been killed and scores injured in a bombing in a carpark in the city of Peshawar. More than 70 are reported to be wounded.

Earlier, a suicide car bomb outside a police station in the town of Bannu killed at least six people.

Bannu is close to the tribal region of North Waziristan, a Taliban stronghold.

The BBC reports the attacks show the Taliban appear to be reasserting themselves after a series of setbacks.

In August, Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was killed by a US missile strike. Previously, they were ousted from the Swat valley in a huge offensive by the Pakistani army.