Three high profile bombings over the past 48 hours have left at least 75 people killed and scores of others wounded across Pakistan, and suggest that the Spring escalation has come a bit early in Pakistan.
Yesterday, of course, we had a TTP bombing targeting the ISI building in Faisalabad, where a bomber destroyed a nearby gas station, killing 32 but going absolutely no damage to the ISI itself. It was the second biggest attack of 2011, up to that point.
But today, another bomber loyal to the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan launched an attack on a funeral just outside of Peshawar, killing 37 people, which is the biggest attack of the year. The funeral was for a tribal elder who was assembling an anti-Taliban militia.
In addition, a third attack, involving a land mine in Dera Bugti, killed another six people and wounded 19 others. So far it is unclear who is responsible for this one, but the odds seem good, as ever, that it is one of the many militant factions in the region.
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