Pakistan: 25 dead in suicide bomb, US missile hit

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January 31, 2010 08:48

 
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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.



Elsewhere in the lawless tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, suspected US missiles killed nine alleged terrorists, intelligence officials said.



Fourteen 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.



The attack came a day after officials said security forces had killed 44 Islamists in three days of battles on the outskirts of Khar.

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