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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Taliban claims suicide bombing that killed 6 in Pakistan - 24th Dec 2011

The Taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide car bombing Saturday that struck a military housing area in northwest Pakistan, a spokesman for the group said.

The attack, which authorities say killed six Pakistani soldiers, was "revenge" for the killing of the group's fighters, Ihsanullah Ihsan, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, told CNN by telephone.

The attack occurred when the explosive-laden car rammed into a house in the city of Bannu, a senior police official told CNN.

The house is used by Pakistani soldiers to rest and relax, said the police chief, Gul Syed Afridi.

He said 18 soldiers were wounded. About 100 soldiers were at the house at the time of the explosion, he said.

The attack comes as Pakistan's military is under fire by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for what he has claimed are military plots to topple the government. Read More