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Pakistan restaurant attack targets Westerners

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Marking an escalation in their violent campaign, militants in Pakistan bombed a restaurant popular with Westerners in Islamabad on Saturday night, killing a Turkish woman and wounding five Americans, four of whom were US Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel.

Although no one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, Pakistani authorities have blamed the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies.

Pakistan has recently been engulfed by a wave of bombings by suspected militants – roughly one bombing every four days this year, according to a calculation by Pakistan's Dawn newspaper, one of Pakistan's leading English language dailies. This was the first attack in six years that appeared to deliberately target Westerners.

On Sunday, in what could have been a direct response, the US military reportedly fired an unmanned US Predator drone fired on targets in South Waziristan, a suspected militant enclave from where Pakistan's Taliban are believed to plan their attacks.


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