Saturday, January 2

Secretary of State Clinton Denounces Volleyball Bombing

On Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced the Pakistan terrorist attack. The death toll now stands at 95 as more bodies are being pulled from the rubble.

"The United States strongly condemns today's terrorist attack on civilians in Pakistan, and we offer our condolences to the families of the victims and all the people of Pakistan," Clinton said.

She was speaking about an extremest suicide bomber who drove a truck which was filled with high explosives onto a field filled with two community teams and onlookers. The game was being held as a celebration for the communities militia efforts having succeeded in driving out the militant extremest group, the Taliban from there community in Lakki Marwat, a city in northwest Pakistan.

"The Pakistani people have seen terrorists target schools, markets, mosques, and now a volleyball game," the secretary said.

"The United States will continue to stand with the people of Pakistan in their efforts to chart their own future free from fear and intimidation, and will support their efforts to combat violent extremism and bolster democracy."

The attack may have been in retaliation of the militia's efforts in the city. The area is believed to be home to Taliban and al-Qaida training facilities. Pakistani Army forces have been escalating the battle against the Taliban militants in this area since October.

The attack is the second deadliest of recent months as a market bombing in Peshawar back in October killed 130.

The Taliban efforts may be counter productive as many of the civilian population may now start seeing a more clear line of whom is harming the population more as the Taliban lash out in an attempt to regain control over an area that up until recently had been in there control as a strong hold and a base of operations.

The city and neighboring tribal areas expect to see an escalation in attacks.

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