February 15, 2007

As Bombings Surge, Pakistan Tracks Funerals Without Bodies

A series of suicide attacks have killed or injured dozens of Pakistani police officers and civilians since September 2006. Residents avoid mosques, markets and public outings with their children, and say the state has “failed” to protect them, the Daily Times reports.

Looking for a break, undercover investigators are attending the funerals of young men whose bodies are absent. Their hope is to identify not just the culprits, but the groups behind the attacks.

One militant said groups opposed to President Pervez Musharraf are now joined in the goal of targeting Pakistani officials who represent “the American agenda in the Islamic world,” according to The News-International.

Sources:

“Peshawaris ‘shell shocked’, feel insecure, unprotected”
Daily Times (Pakistan), February 10, 2007

“Funerals being monitored to identify bombers”
Daily Times (Pakistan), February 9, 2007

“Suicide hits ‘response to Musharraf’s policies'”
The News-International (Pakistan), February 4, 2007

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