February 2010 Lower Dir bombing
|February 2010 Lower Dir bombing|
|Part of War in North-West Pakistan|
Location of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan
|Location||Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan|
|Date||3 February 2010|
The February 2010 Lower Dir bombing was a suicide bombing in the Lower Dir District area of Pakistan on 3 February 2010. At least 8 people, including three American soldiers, died. Three schoolgirls were among the dead. Another 70 people, including 63 schoolgirls, were among the injured.
The soldiers were travelling in a convoy and headed for the inauguration of a girls' school. They were part of a contingent of approximately 70 soldiers training Pakistani soldiers in counter insurgency. The bomb went off near another girls school in the village of Koto along the way. The Koto Girls High School was flattened, leaving the girls crying under the rubble. The American soldiers were helping train Pakistan Frontier Corps.
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the bombing. They claimed that the attack was in retaliation of October 2008 attack by Blackwater Worldwide in Peshawar. Pakistan arrested 35 people in connection with this bombing. However a backlash against U.S. troop presence in Pakistan did not happen against some analysts predictions.
- Pakistan blast kills US soldiers, BBC, 2010-02-03
- 8 including 3 U.S. marines killed in Pakistani bomb attack, Xinhua News Agency, 2010-02-03
- US troop presence in Pakistan meets surprisingly muted response, The Christian Science Monitor, 2010-02-04
- Three U.S. soldiers die in Pakistan blast, CNN, 2010-02-03
- Pakistani Taliban claim bombing that killed 3 Americans, CNN, 2010-02-04
- Pakistan Arrests 35 in U.S. Soldiers’ Deaths, The New York Times, 2010-02-05
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