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A suicide bomber attacked an army convoy traveling in Pakistan's militant-plagued northwest Saturday and casualties were feared, an army spokesman said.
The attack targeted a convoy headed to Miran Shah, the main town in North Waziristan, said Maj. Murad Khan. North Waziristan is part of Pakistan's tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.
The US says the semi-autonomous tribal regions have become bases for Taliban and al-Qaida fighters involved in attacks on American and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Washington has pressured Pakistan to crack down on extremism in the areas and has even staged unilateral operations on Pakistani territory, which have angered the Muslim nation.
Pakistan says it is doing its best to fulfill its role in the war on terror, deploying more than 100,000 troops along its northwest to flush out militants.
The country also is staging two major military operations in the northwest, including one in the Bajur tribal region that has killed hundreds of suspected militants.
Government official Iqbal Khattak said nine more alleged militants died Saturday in the Bajur offensive. The previous day also witnessed the deaths of nine suspected militants, according to Khan, the army spokesman.
Although no one immediately claimed responsibility for Saturday's suicide attack, the Pakistani Taliban have said they were behind a string of suicide bombings in the past few weeks in revenge for the military offensives.