[QODLink]
Central & South Asia
Blast mars Pakistan celebrations
At least five killed in suicide attack on eve of country's Independence Day.
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2008 03:45 GMT
The blast came as Pakistanis poured on to the streets for Independence Day festivities [AFP]

Preparations for Pakistan's Independence Day celebrations have been shattered after a suicide bomber blew himself up and killed at least five people.

At least a dozen more were wounded in the blast outside a mosque in Lahore late on Wednesday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but security officials said the blast was very likely in revenge for a Pakistani offensive against Taliban fighters in a tribal area bordering Afghanistan.

Shaukat Javed, the provincial police chief who said police were guarding the mosque near a police station when the blast happened, said two police officers and three civilians were killed.

The attack came as Pakistanis poured on to the streets before midnight to celebrate the 61st anniversary of the nation's independence, which falls on Thursday.

Source:
Agencies
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
More than fifty years of an armed struggle for independence from Spain might be coming to an end in the Basque Country.
After the shooting-down of flight MH17, relatives ask what the carrier has learned from still-missing MH370.
Human rights and corporate responsibility prompt a US church to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
Afghan militias have accumulated a lengthy record of human-rights abuses, including murders and rapes.
Growing poverty is strengthening a trend among UK Muslims to fund charitable work closer to home.
join our mailing list