A suicide bomber has killed at least 15 elite Pakistani troops as they were eating in an army canteen. Security sources say the bomber targeted members of the Special Services Group, the former unit of the country’s president, Pervez Musharraf. Officials have blamed militants linked to al-Qaeda. Several troops were critically wounded in the attack at Tarbela Ghazi, about 70 kilometres from the capital Islamabad. In a second attack in Karachi, gunmen on motorbikes attacked a bus, killing six people and wounding six others. Police say three motorcyclists opened fire with small arms before throwing a grenade inside.
According to residents, four of the dead were supporters of Pakistan’s biggest Islamic political party, which has a history of clashes with ethnic rivals in the city. The attacks follow two days of fighting in the tribal region of Waziristan, when troops killed up to 70 militants.
There has been a wave of attacks in Pakistan since the army attacked Islamabad’s Red Mosque, known for its links to hardline Taliban fundamentalists.