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Pakistani police detain 36 people over court bombing

Published 18/02/2007

Police in southwestern Pakistan have detained 36 people, mostly Afghan

refugees, over a suicide bombing inside a courtroom that killed a judge and 15

other people, an official said today.

The suicide bomber struck a crowded courtroom in the city of Quetta yesterday

in the deadliest of a series of attacks in recent weeks.

There is suspicion in Pakistan that pro-Taliban militants are targeting

sensitive sites to undermine the country's support of the United States, and an

official in the region where yesterday's attack took place hinted at Afghan


The explosion wounded 24 people and left bloodied clothes and body parts

scattered next to wrecked furniture and shattered glass in the Quetta District


It forced police - already on alert - to further tighten security


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