ISLAMABAD – The Taliban detonated a car bomb in Pakistan's third-largest city on Tuesday, killing 20 and wounding more than 100 people in an attack they said targeted the offices of the country's main intelligence agency.
The blast in the Punjabi city of Faisalabad underscored the reach of al-Qaida and Taliban in the U.S.-allied nation.
The militants are based in the tribal regions close to Afghanistan, but have been able to tap into extremist networks in the country's heartland of Punjab and strike there with regularity over the last three years.
The remote-controlled bomb also devastated a gas station and an office of Pakistan's state airline in the industrial city. Police said the offices of a "sensitive" security agency were nearby but were not damaged in the attack.