ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A suicide bomber attacked a bakery in Pakistan’s northwest, killing 18 people, and another bomb in the volatile region left six others dead. The attacks were the latest in a wave of bloodshed to hit Pakistan since the U.S. raid that killed al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.
Also Sunday, a Pakistani security official said authorities were nearly certain that a recent U.S. missile strike killed al-Qaida commander Ilyas Kashmiri.
The suicide bomber struck the bakery in a neighborhood where army personnel live in the town of Nowshera, police said. At least two soldiers were among the dead.
The attacker was a young man carrying around 18 pounds of explosives. The blast caused some gas cylinders in the bakery to explode, leading to a fire that left many of the 40 wounded in serious condition, said Fazal Maula, a police official.
Earlier in the day, a bomb exploded at a bus stop in the Matani area of the northwest, killing six people and wounding several others, officials said.
There were still lingering doubts whether Kashmiri, rumored to be a potential long-shot candidate to replace bin Laden as head of al-Qaida, was killed in late Friday’s missile strike.
The 47-year-old was sought in the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, accused of slaughtering many Pakistanis, and suspected of aiding plots against Western targets.
A Pakistani security official said Sunday that the weekend reports of Kashmiri’s death were “95 percent confirmed,” as authorities have checked with various sources. A missile strike early today killed seven suspected militants in Wicha Dana village in South Waziristan, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The exact identities of the dead were still being sought, but the officials said some of them were believed to be Arabs.
Leftist Humala says he’s won presidency
LIMA, Peru – Leftist military man Ollanta Humala has declared victory in Peru’s tightly contests presidential runoff, with unofficial results pointing to him scoring a narrow win.
The results announced by the Transparencia election watchdog group give Humala 51.5 percent against 48.5 percent for Keiko Fujimori. She is the daughter of Peru’s disgraced former President Alberto Fujimori.
Humala proclaimed victory more than seven hours after polls closed Sunday with official results incomplete but showing him winning.
Hunger strike still on, yoga guru declares
NEW DELHI – A yoga guru leading tens of thousands in protesting corruption in India says he will continue his hunger strike in his northern state of Uttarakhand after being ousted from the capital.
Baba Ramdev and tens of thousands of supporters began fasting Saturday in a massive tent camp set up in New Delhi. Police say they were forced to use tear gas to break up the camp Sunday after more than 40,000 people showed up for an event that had permission for only 5,000. Rock throwing and an ensuing stampede left dozens of demonstrators and officers injured.