Sunday, March 16, 2008

Pakistan: Four FBI agents wounded in Luna Caprese bombing


US Embassy had posted warning on website on Saturday urging Americans to keep a low profile and avoid areas where Americans liked to congregate.

Four of the 12 people wounded in the weekend bombing of an Islamabad restaurant are U.S. FBI agents, a high-ranking federal source told CNN on Sunday.

None of the agents were critically hurt in the blast, which occurred at 8:45 p.m. local time. The agents' wounds included deep lacerations, concussions and fractures, the source said.

The four, who were eating dinner together at the time of the attack, were not believed to have been targeted, the source added.

An air ambulance took the agents to a hospital.

Government officials have not said who they believe is responsible...

for Saturday's attack, but they suspect al Qaeda and Taliban-linked militants from Pakistan's tribal region, who have carried out similar attacks in the past.

An FBI spokesman in Washington had no comment, but National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe told CNN that President Bush "appreciates the hard and dangerous work that U.S. officials engage in around the world, and our thoughts are with them and their families as they recover from this attack."

He added, "The U.S. condemns the latest in a series of bombings in Pakistan that have taken the lives of over 500 people since January.

"Extremists that are targeting innocent Pakistanis, as well as Americans and others in the international community in Islamabad and elsewhere, must be stopped. These terrorists offer nothing but death and destruction, and we will continue to work with the Pakistani government as they go after these thugs."

Saturday's bombing came on the heels of another deadly attack targeting a federal investigative agency. Last week, a suicide attack killed 25 people at a federal police building in Lahore.

Officials say the building housed a counter-terrorism unit funded by the U.S. and its allies in the war on terror.

The U.S. Embassy posted a notice on its Web site Saturday warning American citizens to keep a low profile and avoid areas where Westerners are known to congregate.
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