Pakistan Suicide Blast Kills 11 at Mosque Memorial

Victims mostly police officers on anniversary of violence
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2008 3:37 AM CDT
Pakistan Suicide Blast Kills 11 at Mosque Memorial
Pakistani Police officers collect human remains at the site where a bomb exploded next to Islamabad's radical Lal Masjid or Red Mosque, in Pakistan, on Sunday, July 6, 2008.    (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A suicide bombing near Pakistan’s Red Mosque killed at least 11 and wounded more than 22, most of them police officers, the New York Times reports. Thousands were nearby yesterday to observe the anniversary of a showdown between militants and security forces which killed more than 100 people last year. The bomber dodged tight security, confirming government fears of another terrorist attack on the date.

“They wanted to send a clear message that they haven’t forgotten this event and are going to keep on hitting," said a former general. A bystander said it appeared that the bomber deliberately targeted the officers, noting that he “saw seven to ten bodies lying on the ground." (More Pakistan stories.)

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