Wednesday, November 12, 2008

American Killed In Peshawar

The Pakistani Taliban have stepped up their attacks in Pakistan, and are now targeting Americans:

An American aid worker involved in a U. S. government program to bring development to a lawless tribal region of Pakistan was assassinated in his car Wednesday morning as he went to work in the provincial capital, Peshawar.

The American, Steve Vance, and his Pakistani driver, were shot as their car approached the house in Peshawar where Mr. Vance ran a project to bring small-scale projects and jobs to the Federally Administered Tribal Area, a stronghold of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, his associates said.

Pakistani officials in Peshawar said they did not know who was responsible for the shooting at around 8 a.m. in a residential area of the city known as University Town. The killings came after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded sports stadium in the center of Peshawar Tuesday night, moments after leading politicians of the city had left the arena.

The umbrella Taliban group, Tehrik-i-Taliban, claimed responsibility for the stadium attack.

Tehrik-i-Taliban is the name of the Taliban umbrella organization commanded by Baitullah Mehsud which is now banned in Pakistan and appears to be mostly at war with the Pakistan government. 

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