Bomb kills policeman in raid backlash

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The Independent Online

Pakistani authorities have braced themselves for a backlash in some of the country's more conservative regions after the storming of the Lal Masjid complex in Islamabad.

There were reports yesterday that one policeman was killed and at least 18 others injured on Tuesday evening after a roadside bomb detonated near their convoy in the North-West Frontier Province.

For the past three days tribesmen in Indus Kohistan, a remote region which serves as the gateway to the Karakoram Highway that links Pakistan with China, have been blocking entry to the area and have reportedly laid explosives across the road to stop traffic.

In the town of Batagram, armed protesters chanting slogans against the military operation in Islamabad reportedly ransacked a number of offices occupied by foreign NGOs, including those run by the International Red Cross and Save the Children.