Suicide Attack on U.N. Office in Pakistan Kills Five

In a shocking breach of security, a suicide bomber posing as a paramilitary soldier blew himself up Monday inside the heavily fortified offices of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in a tightly controlled part of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, killing at least five of the humanitarian agency’s staff, Pakistani officials said.

The bombing, the latest in a series of troubling attacks on foreign aid workers in Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent months, came as the Pakistani army is poised to mount a fresh ground offensive in the South Waziristan tribal area against the country’s most fearsome al-Qaeda-linked Taliban militants.

It also followed a vow by the Pakistani Taliban leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, on Sunday to mount revenge attacks for the killing of the group’s former leader in a U.S. air strike two months ago. Addressing Pakistan’s parliament after the bombing, Interior MinisterRehman Malik said that although security had been stepped up across the country, “we should expect a few more [attacks like this].”

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