At least 24 people died in a car bomb near Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday. The Taliban are retaliating for the Army's offensive on their home turf.
At least 24 people were killed Tuesday in the third bombing in as many days in Pakistan's militancy-plagued northwest, as extremists continued to wreak revenge for a US-backed offensive against Taliban guerrillas.
On Sunday, a suicide attacker targeted the leader of an anti-Taliban militia on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Peshawar, killing 12, and the suicide bombing Monday of a police checkpoint in Peshawar claimed three lives.
Islamic extremists unleashed their latest campaign early last month to coincide with an Army ground operation against the Pakistani Taliban stronghold of South Waziristan. More than 300 civilians have died in a wave of bombings and gun attacks, including an attack in a Peshawar shopping district two weeks ago that killed more than 115.
The assault on civilians appears to be an attempt to build public pressure to end the military campaign.
Separately, the Taliban warned Tuesday that Pakistan faces a protracted insurgency.
"We have started guerrilla war against the Pakistani Army. We've carried out several actions against the army and inflicted heavy losses on them," Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq said. "They are capturing roads while our people are still operating in the forests and mountains."