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It's a tense scene in the Pakistani town of Ghalanai. Residents are on high alert one day after an attack by suspected Taliban militants targeted the office of a top government official. A Taliban representative says the attack was in response to Pakistani authorities handing over Arab militants to the U.S.
Security is tight in the Pakistani town of Ghalanai on Tuesday. It comes a day after suspected Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 40 people at the office compound of a top government official.
Hospital officials say 60 people were wounded in the attack and that the number of casualties will rise.
Amjad Ali Khan, the region's top government official, appears to have been the target of the attack.
When the bombers struck, Khan was holding talks with tribesmen on the need to further strengthen militias... who are helping the government fight militant organizations like the Taliban.
Khan says there were two bombers. The first blew himself up inside an office while the second one set off explosives when guards caught him.
Now, local residents are busy cleaning debris while other residents read newspaper reports of the attack, but no one dares to speak on camera fearing retaliation from the Taliban.
Funerals for blast victims were held separately, some were buried last night, as others were laid to rest.
A Taliban spokesman says the attack was in response to the Pakistani government's recent decision to hand over Arab militants to the United States.