A bomb exploded near an Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) office in central Pakistan on Tuesday, authorities said, damaging the building and killing at least 12 people.
The bombing in Multan signaled a relentless determination on the part of the militants, who — despite being pressured by a major army offensive in one of their Afghan border havens — have sustained a retaliatory campaign since October that has killed more than 400 people.
On Monday, bombings elsewhere in the country killed 59 people. The apparent target of the blast was a building housing an office of ISI. Authorities still had not determined how the attack was carried out.
Authorities still had not determined how the attack was carried out. Rizwan Naseer, the official in charge of the area’s government-run emergency service, told a Pakistani news channel that the attack killed 12 people and wounded 30 people. It was not immediately clear how many were intelligence agents.
The attack came as U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates said that Washington was ready to work more closely with Pakistan as soon as Islamabad expressed willingness. ap