Taliban executes one of highest-ranking assassinations ever

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August 5, 2010 04:35

 
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In one of the highest-ranking security officer assassinations ever, a Taliban suicide bomber killed the head of a US-backed paramilitary force in Northwestern Pakistan Wednesday.

Wednesday's bombing in Peshawar that killed Sifwat Ghayur, the head of the 25,000-strong Frontier Constabulary, was the first attack since monsoon rains triggered massive flooding over a week ago. The northwest city often targeted by the Taliban had been calm recently, but renewed violence could further strain a government already struggling with the flood relief effort.

The bomber detonated his explosives next to Ghayur's car in the center of Peshawar after waiting at a traffic light for the vehicle to approach, said the police chief's driver, Shakirullah Khan, who was injured in the attack.

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