A suicide bomber killed
16 people at a police checkpoint in a northwestern Pakistani tribal
area where the military declared victory over the Taliban and al-Qaida
last year, highlighting the difficulty Islamabad has in holding regions
once the battle phase of its army offensives end.
the lawless tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, suspected US missiles
killed nine alleged terrorists, intelligence officials said.
civilians and two police officers died in the suicide attack Saturday
in the Bajur tribal region, while 20 people were wounded, local
government official Bakhat Pacha said. The attacker, on foot, struck a
market area in the region's main town, Khar, he said.
Some of the wounded were in critical condition at hospitals, he said.
attack came a day after officials said security forces had killed 44 Islamists in three days of battles on the outskirts of Khar.