August 22, 2008
By SALMAN MASOOD and GRAHAM BOWLEY
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — At least 60 people were killed and scores injured when two suicide attackers blew themselves up Thursday outside the entry gates of Pakistan’s largest military munitions plant, the police and hospital officials said. The brazen, coordinated attack, the latest on a military target, was the deadliest in the country in more than a year. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
The bombings came just days after the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf, leaving two rival political parties in the governing coalition haggling over the question of succession and adding a new layer of turbulence to an unstable, nuclear-armed nation. Neither party has been anxious to take on the campaign against the militants, which is seen here as an American conflict foisted on the country.
The large military compound is located in the city of Wah, in the same district as the city of Rawalpindi, where Pakistan’s military has its headquarters. The attack occurred during the afternoon rush hour at a shift change, while workers were exiting the compound gates.