Bomb at luxury hotel in Pakistan kills at least 5
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Suicide attackers detonated a truck bomb Tuesday outside a luxury hotel in Peshawar that U.S. officials were in negotiations to make into an American consulate, officials said. The attack killed at least five people and wounded dozens more.
The motive for the assault was not clear, and two U.S. officials in Washington said they were not aware of any signs that the U.S. interest in the compound had played a role in its being targeted.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in the largest city in Pakistan's restive northwest, but it fit the pattern of recent attacks the Taliban said it launched in retaliation for a military campaign against militants in the Swat Valley region.
Grenade kills 2 in Afghanistan, injures over 50
ASADABAD, Afghanistan - A Russian-made grenade exploded in a crowd milling around a U.S. military vehicle crash in a busy town center in northeastern Afghanistan, killing two Afghans and wounding more than 50 people, including three U.S. troops, officials said Tuesday.
The U.S. military and Afghanistan's Interior Ministry blamed the attack in the eastern province of Kunar on insurgents and said officials had photographic evidence a Russian-made grenade left over from decades of war was used.
Nevertheless, many wounded Afghans angrily accused the Americans of using a grenade. While the allegation appears to have been discredited, it shows the difficult environment U.S. forces face in trying to win over conservative Afghan tribes.
Egypt: 5 more Americans test positive for swine flu
CAIRO - The number of U.S. citizens infected with swine flu at the American University in Cairo rose to seven, after five more cases were diagnosed as positive Tuesday, the Egyptian health minister said.
The new cases - four students and a faculty member - tested positive after a dormitory for foreign students and staff was put under quarantine and everyone inside was screened for the strain, said the minister, Hatem el-Gabali.
The measures followed the initial discovery of the first cases Sunday night in two 23-year-old students who had arrived from the U.S. for a summer program at the university and were staying at the dormitory.