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2 bombs hit northwestern Pakistani city; 23 dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Two bombs, hours apart, exploded in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday, killing 23 people and underscoring the reach of militants despite successive military offensives close to the Afghan border, police said.
A suicide bomber was behind the deadliest blast, which occurred just before dusk in a crowded market area.Police said the target was apparently officers watching over a rally by members of a political party against power cuts in the city. Police officers and protesters were among the 22 dead and more than 30 injured, said police chief Liaqat Ali Khan.
In something of an irony, the rally was being held by the Jamat-e-Islami party, an Islamist grouping that is sympathetic to many of the goals of the Taliban and regularly criticizes army operations against them.
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