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The Guardian has some truly gruesome details regarding yesterday’s suicide attackin Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

At least four gunmen stormed into the mosque on Parade Lane, a five-minute drive from army headquarters, firing guns and throwing grenades at a crowd of at least 150 men, women and children.

The crowd scattered for cover but the militants singled out some for murder in cold blood, according to witnesses. “They took the people, got hold of their hair and shot them,” a retired officer who survived the attack told a local television station.

The attack comes as a surprise, as Rawalpindi is one of Pakistan’s most heavily-guarded cities, and one of its holiest.

More than 400 Pakistanis have died since early October in attacks on UN offices, security installations and crowded bazaars. The capital, Islamabad, increasingly resembles cities such as Kabul, with rising sandbagged walls, checkpoint-clogged streets and shopping areas bereft of foreigners and, increasingly, Pakistanis.

It is important to realize that prior to 2007, Pakistan had zero suicide attacks per year. It’s rapid and precipitous rise in suicide bombings coincided directly with the ouster of Musharraf and the escalation of drone attacks in Pakistan.

At least the victims seem to have an idea of what causes these attacks:

The violence also feeds anti-Americanism. After the bombing some Rawalpindi residents blamed the US presence in Afghanistan for fuelling militancy.

Perhaps someone might inform President Obama of this.

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Written by pavanvan

December 5, 2009 at 9:44 am

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