1. MILITANT SURGE

    Bomb Kills Pilgrims in Pakistan

    Pakistani volunteers search for victims in a destroyed pilgrims bus at the site of a car bomb attack in Mastung some 30 kilometres south of Quetta on December 30, 2012. A car bomb attack on buses carrying Shiite Muslim pilgrims to Iran killed 19 people and injured 25 in Pakistan's insurgency-hit southwest on December 30, officials said. AFP PHOTO/BANARAS KHAN        (Photo credit should read BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Violence rocked Pakistan early Sunday as militants killed 41 people in two separate incidents. Suicide bombers struck a bus convoy of Shiite pilgrims, killing 20 and injuring dozens more. Meanwhile in the north, 21 paramilitary soldiers who were being held by militants were executed. The brutal incidents are part of a surge in militant attacks in recent weeks. The U.S. has pressured Pakistan to crack down on such groups.

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