Suicide blasts at Islamabad university kill at least two

Pakistan has been rocked by a number of suicide attacks as it conducts an offensive against the Taliban.
Two back-to-back suicide bombings killed at least two and wounded 13 others at a university here Tuesday, authorities said.

The explosion occurred at the International Islamic University in the Pakistani capital, said police official Bin Yamin. A man and a woman died in the blast, said Dr. Wasim Khawaja of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences. Among the wounded, four were in critical condition, said Altaf Hussein, another doctor. All the victims are between the ages of 18 and 25. Student Usman Virk said he heard one explosion in the men’s section of the university, followed by another blast in the cafeteria in the women’s section of the university. Virk said he saw several students with blood-soaked clothes being taken away by rescue crews. More than 12,000 foreign and local students are enrolled in the 29-year-old university. The university Web site describes the school as a “unique center of learning in the Muslim world which strives to combine the essentials of the Islamic faith with the best of modern knowledge.”

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In recent weeks, Pakistan has been rocked by a wave of suicide attacks as Islamic militants retaliate against a military offensive to rout insurgents operating along the Pakistan-Afghan border. On Friday, a suicide car bomber detonated near a police station in Peshawar, the capital of the North West Frontier Province. The blast killed at least 13 people, most of them civilians. A day earlier, militants attacked two police training centers and the country’s Federal Investigation Agency in Lahore in eastern Pakistan.

At least 30 Pakistani police officers and civilians were killed in those attacks. At least 10 attackers also died. And on October 10, militants held dozens of hostages for 22 hours inside the army headquarters in Rawalpindi, which neighbors Islamabad. Eleven military personnel, three civilians, and nine militants were killed in the siege.