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Scores Killed In Pakistan Blast; Gunmen Attack Guest House In Kabul

It's been another deadly day in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In Peshawar, Pakistan, a car bomb devastated a crowded market. At least 80 people were killed and more than 200 others wounded.

According to the Associated Press, the Pakistani government "blamed militants seeking to avenge an army offensive against al-Qaida and Taliban close to the Afghan border."

NPR's Julie McCarthy filed this report from Islamabad:

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In Kabul, gunmen attacked a guest house frequented by U.N. aid workers. At least 12 people died during fighting at the scene, including six U.N. staffers and the three attackers. One American is among the dead, according to the U.S. embassy. The attackers did not set off the bombs in the suicide vests they were wearing.

From Kabul, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports that also today, a rocket was fired at one of Kabul's high-end hotels — but it did not explode:

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A wounded man is carried from the scene in Kabul.

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Update at 10:15 a.m. ET. The death toll in Peshawar has topped 90 and photos from the scene clearly show the devastation:

People gather at the site of an explosion in Peshawar, Pakistan on Wednesday Oct. 28, 2009. A car bo
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