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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Oct. 9—Agence France Presse (AFP) reports a suicide attack struck a police complex in Islamabad and a roadside bomb killed 10 people in the north-west of Pakistan on Oct. 9, underscoring the growing threat posed by Islamist militants.
The blasts happened as intelligence chiefs held a rare briefing for parliamentarians in Islamabad on the fight against Al-Qaeda and Taliban extremists who are launching attacks from hideouts near the Afghan border.
In Islamabad, seven people were injured when a suspected militant blew up a car bomb outside an anti-terrorist squad building. The blast ripped off the facade of the red brick building, an AFP correspondent said.
"A team of police commandos left the building minutes before and that led to confusion over the casualty toll, but now all of them are accounted for and we have seven injured," police inspector Ehsan Khan told AFP.
Shortly after the Islamabad blast, a remote-controlled bomb hit a police prison van and a school bus in the Upper Dir region of north-western Pakistan, a government official said. Three school children, four policemen and three prisoners died in the attack.
Pakistani fighter jets and helicopter gunships destroyed a Taliban facility in Swat, causing "heavy casualties," officials said Oct. 9. Five civilians were also killed in the crossfire between troops and militants in Swat, they said.
Pakistan’s new president, Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto, is under pressure at home to end the violence, and also faces intense U.S. pressure to wipe out militant "safe havens" in the tribal belt.