Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bomber Kills at Least 14 at Protest

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bomber Kills at Least 14 at Protest

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ISLAMABAD - A breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Monday after a suicide bombing killed at least 14 people and injured 87 others at a large protest rally in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore.

The attack occurred as hundreds of pharmacists and pharmaceutical manufacturers rallied in front of the provincial assembly building against federal regulations on drug sales.

A suicide bomber on foot targeted several senior law enforcement officials who were negotiating with protesters. Six police officials were among those killed in what the militant group said was revenge for Pakistani military operations in the Afghan border region.

The Taliban offshoot, Jamaat-ul Ahrar, claimed responsibility through a spokesman. The same group was behind the bombing of a park in Lahore on Easter Sunday in 2016 that killed nearly 80 people and wounded hundreds.

The latest attack in Lahore, the prosperous capital of Punjab province, was particularly significant because the city is the political base of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. It has typically been insulated from the militant violence infesting Pakistan's northwestern tribal region and the coastal city of Karachi.

In another unrelated development, the Pakistani military said three of its soldiers were killed by Indian fire in Bhimber on the Line of Control, the de facto border between the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region.

Missile test condemned

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea late Monday over its latest ballistic missile launches and warned of "further significant measures" if Pyongyang doesn't stop nuclear and missile testing.

A council statement agreed to by all 15 members followed strong condemnation by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of the latest launch and U.S. President Donald Trump's pledge to deal with North Korea "very strongly."

The Security Council condemned Saturday's launch and a previous test Oct. …

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