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[b]World Vision Suspends Operations In Pakistan[/b]

MANSEHRA DISTRICT, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- World Vision is suspending its operations in Pakistan after militants attacked its office in the country's northwestern Mansehra district on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, killing six people.

The BBC is reporting that police and the agency have said that the victims, including two women, were all Pakistani nationals working for World Vision in the area.

No group has admitted carrying out the attack but Islamist militants and specifically the Taliban will be suspected, a BBC correspondent says.

Earlier in the week, following a bombing in Lahore, the Taliban said they would carry out more attacks across the country as long as US air strikes and Pakistani army operations against them continued in the tribal areas, the BBC's Aleem Maqbool in Islamabad says.

World Vision said in a statement that it had not received any threatening letters ahead of the attack.

“Hundreds of people have been killed in attacks by unmanned drone aircraft in Pakistan's tribal areas since mid-2008,” said the BBC story. “Two suspected US missile strikes near Miranshah in North Waziristan on Wednesday killed at least 12 people, some of them thought to be foreigners, local officials said.

The BBC said that gunmen burst into the building in the village of Oghi, some 80km (50 miles) north of Islamabad, early on Wednesday morning.

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