I can foresee even more violence in the coming months as Pakistan steps up pressure in the border areas.

(MULTAN, Pakistan) A bomb exploded near an intelligence office in central Pakistan on Tuesday, authorities said, damaging the building and killing at least 12 people amid a surge of extremist violence that has prompted the U.S. to offer additional aid in the country's battle against the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

The bombing in Multan signaled a relentless determination on the part of the militants, who despite being pressured by a major army offensive in one of their Afghan border havens have sustained a retaliatory campaign since October that has killed more than 400 people. On Monday, bombings elsewhere in the country killed 59 people.

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