— A suicide attacker targeted a police checkpoint in northwestern on
Saturday, killing at least seven civilians and two officers, a government
Bakhat Pacha said 10 people were
also wounded in the attack in Khar, the main town in the Bajur tribal region.
Most among the injured were passers-by, he said, adding the attacker was on
foot and police had recovered his body parts.
Pacha provided no further details,
but the attack came a day after officials said security forces had killed 44
militants in three days of battles on the outskirts of Khar.
launched a major military
offensive against insurgents in Bajur in 2008, clearing most of the area of
militants, but clashes have continued since then.