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A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the United Nations World Food Programme office in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, killing at least four and wounding several others. The UN temporarily shuttered its Pakistan offices after the strike.

The attack comes even as some observers are expressing cautious optimism that Pakistan is turning the tide against Taliban insurgents, especially compared with neighboring Afghanistan.

Monday's bombing – the first in Islamabad since June – shows that there's no room for complacency in Pakistan either. It may also renew questions on the effectiveness of the US' counterterrorism strategy in the country.

The dead in Monday's attack included three Pakistanis and an Iraqi national, reported Dawn, a Pakistani daily, though other outlets had different casualty figures. (See a map from Agence France-Presse of where the attack took place here.)

'According to the latest reports, four people have been martyred — one of them is an Iraqi national. Six people have been injured, all of them are Pakistanis,' Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters. ...
The [UN World Food Programme] confirmed in a statement from Rome that three of its staff members had died in the blast, with two UN employees still in a critical condition.

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