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Saturday, June 27, 2009

"Suicide blast hits Pakistan Kashmir," Al Jazeera, June 26, 2009.

Two soldiers have been killed and several others wounded after a suicide bomber attacked an army vehicle in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, the military says.

The attack took place on Friday near the city of Muzaffarabad, the capital of the Pakistani-administered part of the divided Himalayan region.

"The bomber blew himself up near a military vehicle," a military spokesman said. "Two of our soldiers embraced martyrdom."

It was the first suicide attack in the Pakistani part of Kashmir, according to Choudhry Imtiaz, a senior administrative official.

The use of the tactic has raised fears that Taliban fighters from the northwest of the country are spreading their campaign against the government further afield.

  "It may be a sign of desperation at a time when they are coming under tremendous pressure because of the offensive."
Pakistani General Talat Masood (ret.)

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