April 5th, 2010
10:38 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Terrorist attacks rock Pakistan

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/06/08/pakistan.taliban.mosque/art.pakistan.peshawar.police.getty.jpg caption="Coordinated attacks in Peshawar, Pakistan killed approximately 40 people today."]

Clare O'Connor
AC360° Intern

A terrorist attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, killed two U.S. Consulate security guards and at least four others today, authorities said. All U.S. citizens were accounted for and the two consulate employees who died were Pakistani, according to a government official. The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing. Another bomb attack in the nearby Pakistani town of Timargarah killed more than 30 people earlier this morning. A Taliban spokesman said that more attacks are planned, with Americans as the target. What can be done to prevent and deter this form of extremism?

We’re also learning more about the 7.2 magnitude earthquake – and subsequent aftershocks – that hit northern Mexico, California, and Arizona on Sunday, killing at least two people and injuring 100. Pictures from Mexicali, the capital of Mexico’s Baja California state, show sides torn from buildings and roads destroyed. Seismologists say this quake could trigger others in the coming days.

And Tiger Woods returns to professional golf for the first time since his career was derailed last year after his admission of extramarital affairs. This year’s Masters is expected to be the most-watched golf event in history. Woods is set to give a short press conference at Augusta National this afternoon, opening up to reporters on live television for the first time. Are you interested in what he has to say?

The President also has sports on the brain today. He’ll kick it off at the White House, where he and First Lady Michelle Obama will host this year’s Easter Egg Roll. Some 30,000 people from all 50 states and DC are expected to attend the annual event on the South Lawn. Later on today, the President will throw out the ceremonial opening pitch at the Washington Nationals game. And tonight, given his predilection for basketball, we can expect Obama will be tuning in for the final match-up between the Butler Bulldogs and the Duke Blue Devils for the men’s NCAA Div 1 men’s basketball championship. Will you be watching? (Only during commercial breaks of AC360° , of course.)

And tomorrow, Anderson will return to Haiti with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. It’s been almost three months since the devastating earthquake that left more than 200,000 dead and many more homeless. We’ve been following developments in Haiti since then, speaking regularly to activists and aid workers on the ground. Anderson reports firsthand on the efforts to rebuild Haiti and the plan in place to ensure families have shelter and access to much-needed medical supplies.

What else are you following? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m.

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  1. April

    I hope Tiger Woods does well. Regardless of HIS personal life, he is still an amazing golfer. If every professional, celebrity and athlete was suddenly dropped by their fans for their personal discrepancies, we would have no one to watch.

    April 5, 2010 at 10:57 am |