Bomb attacks kill 21 people in Pakistan


Associated Press

Posted on June 30, 2013 at 9:33 AM

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Two bombings have killed 21 people in northwestern Pakistan today, just as Britain's prime minister was in the capital pledging to help to fight extremism.

A car bomb exploded as a convoy of paramilitary troops passed through the outskirts of Peshawar (puh-SHAH'-wuhr), killing at least 17 people and wounding dozens of others. Police say most of the casualties were civilians.

Later in the day, intelligence officials say a roadside bomb struck an army convoy in the North Waziristan tribal area, killing four soldiers and wounding 20. The area is the main sanctuary for Taliban and al-Qaida militants in the country.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but suspicion will likely fall on the Pakistani Taliban. The group has been waging a bloody insurgency against the government for years.

At a news conference today in Islamabad, British Prime Minister David Cameron told Pakistan's prime minister that Britain will do all it can to help fight extremism. Cameron arrived in Pakistan following a visit to neighboring Afghanistan.

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100-a-13-(British Prime Minister David Cameron, at news conference following talks with Pakistan's prime minister)-"and terrorism together"-British Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain and Pakistan are committed to intensive co-operation in the fight against extremism. (30 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO ISL105: Pakistani security officials and media gather at the site of car bombing on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, June 2013. A car bomb exploded as a convoy of paramilitary troops passed through the outskirts of the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing more than a dozen people and wounding scores of others, police said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad) (30 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO ANJ106: British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif leave after a joint press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Cameron is in Islamabad on a tow-day visit to hold talks with Pakistani top leaders on bilateral interest, regional and international importance including the peace process in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) (30 Jun 2013)

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