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Pakistan buries victims of volleyball bombing

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Pakistan buries victims of volleyball bombing


Pakistan has been burying its dead, the day after a suicide bombing turned a volleyball game into a bloodbath.

At least 95 people were killed when a vehicle packed with explosives blew up at the match being watched by a crowd of civilians.

Police tried to preserve secrecy over the time and place of the funerals, amid fears militants
could strike again.

Yesterday’s blast near the northwestern town of Lakki Marwat was the latest in a string of deadly attacks in Pakistan. It raises new doubts over the pro-American administration’s efforts to contain Taliban militants.

Some victims feel they have been virtually abandoned by the government.

“We are not satisfied with the government’s performance,” said one injured man from his hospital bed. “No one has arrived here yet to help us. We demand the government take care of people affected, that they help them so that they can rebuild their houses.”

No one has admitted being behind the attack. But police believe it may have been an act of Taliban revenge. Insurgents were recently expelled from the area by locals who had formed a self-defence militia.

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