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Pakistan government under pressure after bombing

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Pakistan government under pressure after bombing


As the search for bodies continues after one of Pakistan’s bloodiest-ever suicide bombings, nearly 100 people are now known to have died.

A vehicle packed with explosives was detonated at a volleyball match watched by a crowd of civilians near the northwestern town of Lakki Marwat.

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.

With up to 95 people killed and dozens more injured, some victims feel they have been virtually abandoned by the government.

“We are not satisfied with the government’s performance,” said one 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.”

The blast suggests that rather than attacking security forces, insurgents’ new priority is to bomb crowds — to inflict maximum casualties.

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