Authorities in Pakistan have closed schools and universities in the
wake of a suicide-bomb attack aimed at students and professors in the
Pakistani government forces have been attacking Taliban strongholds
near the border with Afghanistan without interruption for nearly a
week, and the bombing in Islamabad was seen as another in a series of
attacks intended to retaliate for the army's offensive in the South
Waziristan tribal region.
Government officials in Peshawar ordered all public and private educational institutions to remain closed through Sunday (10/25).
Four people died in the suicidal attack on Tuesday at the International
Islamic University in Islamabad. At least 20 other people, most of them
female students, were wounded in the blasts at the Islamic University,
which has many foreign students.
In the battle zone near the Afghan border, Pakistani military officials
said troops are facing fierce resistance as they fight to gain control
of (Kotkai) the hometown of the leader of the Pakistani Taliban (Hakimullah Mehsud). The army reports about 115 militants and 16 soldiers have been killed during the past five days.
There is no independent confirmation of the tolls, as the region is
closed to outsiders and no journalists are traveling with Pakistani
Pakistani army commanders say 30,000 troops are battling about 10,000
militants in South Waziristan. They expect the offensive to last six to
eight weeks, before winter weather makes fighting difficult.