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Continued Violence in Pakistan

June 5, 2009

President Obama has described the situation in Pakistan as one of the most significant challenges of his Presidency. On the day of his widely lauded speech in Egypt, events justify that concern:

A bomb has exploded at a mosque in a restive part of north-western Pakistan during Friday prayers, killing at least 30 people.

Police said a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the mosque in Upper Dir district, although some witnesses said the bomb was already in the building.

Nearby Swat Valley has been the scene of heavy fighting between the Pakistani military and Taliban militants.

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