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Suicide Bomber Kills 35 People Near Pakistan's Army Headquarters

By Sean Maroney
02 November 2009

Police in Pakistan say a suicide bomber killed at least 35 people Monday near the country's army headquarters in Rawalpindi, where gunmen kept up a nearly 24-hour hostage-taking assault last month.

Monday's blast occurred in a parking lot outside a government bank, just a few kilometers from the capital, Islamabad.

On the first business day of the month, many people - especially government employees - line up at the bank to collect their monthly salaries or pensions.

Mohammad Saleem says he was going to the bank to get his salary when a blast occurred near the gate. He said he ran out from the building and saw many dead bodies.

Saleem said his child - who was sitting in his car parked in the bank's lot - is still missing.

Last month, the number of attacks across the country increased, starting with a suicide bombing in a United Nations office in Islamabad and ending with a massive bombing in a Peshawar market that was the single deadliest act of terrorism since 2007.

Also, militants launched an assault on the army headquarters in Rawalpindi, which killed the nine attackers, more than a dozen soldiers and several civilians.

The Pakistani government has offered up to $5 million for the capture, or any information leading to the capture, of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud and more than a dozen other Taliban leaders.

The military has pushed deep inside the South Waziristan tribal region, bordering Afghanistan. The area is a stronghold for Mehsud's fighters, and army officials have pledged to completely wipe out the militants in the region.

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