WASHINGTON — Pakistan was hit again by another suicide bomb, this time on a bus that was carrying government officials.
Reuters reported that a remote-control bomb was detonated as the bus was on a road near the city of Peshawar, which is close to the tribal areas of the Islamist tribes in northwestern Pakistan.
They often support the Afghan and have made times hard for the Afghan government, NATO and U.S. military forces in addition to Pakistan’s civilian government and Pakistan’s military.
17 people were killed, and the count included 2 women. Unfortunately, the victims were mostly government officials from the civil secretariat, hardly a threat to Pakistan’s security situation.
But, this is another event in a chain of events where suicide bombings have targeted specific parts of Pakistan’s leadership or ethnicities. A top government aide was killed in a suicide bombing, and the country’s intelligence agency was also attacked within the past year.
A pair of suicide bombers detonated their bombs outside a 130-year-old Anglican church in Peshawar and killed at least 81 people, mostly Christians. This was the deadliest and most recent attack on Christians in the country.