Pakistan: 12 die in suicide attack ahead of rally

A suicide bomber killed 12 people at a rally for Pakistan's suspended chief justice Tuesday, police said, ratcheting up tension in a country already reeling from a burst of violence by Islamic extremists. The attack comes before a verdict in a legal battle that has pitched judge Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and which could determine the military ruler's political future. Chaudhry was heading toward the district court in the capital to address a gathering of lawyers who have led mass protests against his suspension when the attacker struck, officials said. Khalid Pervez, a senior municipal official, said at least 12 people died and another 40 were wounded.