Pakistani police say a suicide bomber has killed at least 35 people and
wounded more than 30 others near the country's army headquarters in
Police say Monday's blast occurred outside a bank near the Shalimar hotel, just a few kilometers from the capital, Islamabad.
Hours later, a second suicide bombing at a police checkpoint in the
eastern city of Lahore wounded seven people including several police
officers. Two suspected militants died in the attack.
The bombings come as Pakistan's government announced a reward for the
capture - dead or alive - of the country's Taliban militant leaders.
Newspaper advertisements offered up to $5 million for the capture, or
information leading to the capture, of Hakimullah Mehsud and more than
a dozen other Pakistani Taliban.
Pakistan's army is mounting a major offensive against the militants in
the South Waziristan tribal region. The Taliban killed hundreds of
people last month in retaliatory attacks in other parts of Pakistan.
The violence has caused the United Nations to order some international
staff to leave northwestern Pakistan due to security concerns.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Sunday (in Malaysia) that the offensive in South Waziristan has been "very successful" and has the Taliban fighters "on the run."