At least 14 people were killed in two bomb blasts in violence-hit Pakistan and Afghanistan during a visit of Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, on Thursday.
According to police officials in Dera Ghazi Khan, a central city of Pakistan, the bomb went off near a bus stop as worshippers were streaming toward the mosque for prayers.
Severn people were killed and more than 30 wounded in the blast, the officials confirmed.
In southern Afghanistan, a roadside bomb killed seven bodyguards of a district governor. Officials confirmed that the blast destroyed a vehicle of bodyguards belonged to governor of Musa Qila district, Helmand province, Mullah Abdul Salam, a former Taliban commander who has survived many life attempts after joining the government forces.
Similarly, a suicide car bomb struck a convoy of the international troops in eastern Afghan province Nangrahar, but no casualty was reported.
The Coalition Forces in neighboring Konar province announced on Wednesday that 700 additional American troops were deployed on the Pak-Afghan border area which, they thought, would help the forces to curb terrorism but a spokesman of the Taliban told media correspondents that they will increase their attacks and claimed that they have trained 1500 additional fighters to carry attacks on the newly appointed American soldiers.
The increasing violence and the fact that the terrorists get stronger by every passing day is one of the biggest challenges President Barack Obama faces in the region. There were hopes that he will launch a completely different strategy immediately after stepping in into the White House which will bring changes, but people think they do not see any changes in the policies or the situation so far.