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US urges Pakistan to take stringent action against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi


December 8, 2011 - Washington

The United States has urged Pakistan to take a stringent action against an extremist group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which was blamed by Afghanistan for the December 6 attack.

About 59 people were killed in bombings against Shias in Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif on December 6.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that the banned Pakistani extremist movement Lashkar-e-Jhangvi perpetrated the bloodshed on the Shia holy day of Ashura.

US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said the US was unaware of complete details on the attack but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had hinted at Lashkar-e-Jhangvi when she urged Pakistan to act against extremists during an October visit to Islamabad.

"It's precisely the kind of organization that the Secretary was trying to address when she went to Pakistan in calling for Pakistan to do more to combat this kind of extremist terrorist activity within its own borders," The Dawn quoted Toner, as saying.

"It's just too important, the threat we face. There needs to be ongoing, sustained and even increased cooperation and coordination between Afghanistan (and) Pakistan and certainly with the international community," he added.

Toner also confirmed that one US civilian was also killed in the attack.

Karzai vowed to press Pakistan to take action against the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

ANI

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