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Pakistani Army senior officer gunned down in Islamabad

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A Pakistani brigadier was killed Thursday morning by motorbike-riding assailants who sprayed his vehicle with bullets amid heavy Islamabad traffic. It appeared to be the first such targeted attack on a high-ranking Army official in the South Asian country, which has been rocked by violence lately amid a stepped-up offensive by Taliban insurgents.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the assassination, in which a soldier was also killed. The Pakistani Taliban have said they were behind other recent attacks, including a siege on the military's headquarters.

Brigadier Moinudin Ahmed was leading a Pakistani unit attached to the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan, and had returned to Islamabad on a visit, reports the Pakistani daily Dawn. He was riding in an unarmored jeep, the common form of transport for military officials in the capital, where until now they have been able to move freely, says The New York Times.

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