The U.S. Embassy and Pakistan’s prime minister issued quick condemnations of the attack, with the Americans saying in a statement that “such brutal acts demonstrate the terrorists’ agenda of fear and intimidation.”
Bashir Bilour, a senior minister in the volatile province, bemoaned the persistent militant violence, saying, “It is a third world war, and we are the front line.”
Also Monday, the prime minister of Pakistan-held Kashmir, Raja Farooq Haider Khan, resigned ahead of a no-confidence vote scheduled against him by opposition lawmakers in the semiautonomous region’s parliament. Mr. Khan became prime minister in October 2009 after successfully spearheading a similar no-confidence vote against his predecessor.
Pakistan and India both claim the right to all of Kashmir and have fought two wars over the divided Himalayan region. India-controlled Kashmir has experienced unrest in recent weeks as anti-government protesters have staged violent demonstrations.
Associated Press writer Ishtiaq Mahsud contributed to this report from Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan.