9 die in suicide bombing in northwest Pakistan

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January 30, 2010 13:40

 
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KHAR, — A suicide attacker targeted a police checkpoint in northwestern on Saturday, killing at least seven civilians and two officers, a government official said.

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.

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