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March 03, 2014

11 Killed in Pakistan Court Attack

Pakistan police say a gun and suicide bomb attack Monday on a court in the capital, has killed 11 people, including a judge and several attorneys.

Police say 35 people, mostly young attorneys, were wounded in the attack Monday in Islamabad, calling it a "well-coordinated incident of terrorism." They say the initial probe into the assault suggests at least two men lobbed hand grenades into a courtroom crowd and then sprayed the room with bullets before blowing themselves up.

Meanwhile in northwest Pakistan, a blast has killed two soldiers and wounded four in the Sadokhel area of the restive Khyber tribal region.

The attacks come two days after the Pakistani Taliban announced that it would observe a one-month cease-fire to allow peace talks with the government to resume.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks.

The violence comes hours after the Pakistani government announced it was ending its bombing campaign against suspected hideouts of the militants in northwest of the country in response to declaration of a unilateral ceasefire by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP. The outlawed TTP, a lose alliance of Islamist outfits, is waging a bloody insurgency in Pakistan that has killed thousands of people. The promise of cessation of hostilities from both sides had raised hopes peace talks between the government and the TTP could resume.