Suicide bomber in police uniform commits heinous crime in Pakistan

October 5, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A day after the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban vowed renewed assaults, a suicide bomber  truck the lobby of the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) Pakistan headquarters Monday, killing five people including himself and injurying many others.  Josette Sheeran, executive director of WFP which is providing food assistance to some 10 million Pakistanis, 2 million of them displaced by conflict in the country’s Swat Valley region, described the four as “humanitarian heroes.”   U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called it a “heinous crime.”

The perpetrator who was wearing a bomb under a police uniform entered the compound after asking the UN guards to let him use a toilet inside, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters. It’s still a mystery how the bomber got into the building though. Typically, visitors to U.N. buildings in Islamabad are screened for weapons and explosives in secure chambers some distance from the entrance to the building. Pakistani authorities say they have strengthened security in the capital following the attack.  On Sunday, Hakimullah Mehsud, the new leader of the Taliban in Pakistan, met with reporters in the country’s tribal areas for the first time since winning control of the militants, ending speculation that he was killed by a rival in a leadership battle within the militant group sparked by the August slaying of his predecessor, Baitullah Mehsud, in a missile strike.   Mehsud told reporters he would avenge the killing of Baitullah Mehsud.  Killing innocent people who attempt to feed the poor in his own country hardly seems like a fitting revenge.

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