A prominent anti-Taliban cleric has been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the northern Pakistani city of Lahore.
The explosion is one of several that have come in response to the army’s broadening offensive on militants across the northwest. Sarfraz Maeemi, an outspoken critic of the Taliban, was seriously injured after his religious school was hit around the time of Friday prayers. He is said to have died on his way to hospital. Another blast hit a mosque near an arms depot in the north-western garrison town of Nowshera. At least six people are believed to have been killed in the simultaneous suicide attacks, which police said displayed many similarities. Such assaults are expected to increase as the army’s operations continues in the northwest. Insurgent violence has also grown sharply in neighbouring Afghanistan as extra US troops arrivie. They will be expecting quick action by the Pakistani army on their side of the border.