Militant dies while planting bomb in Pakistan

February 3, 2007 07:06


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A suspected militant was killed when a bomb he was planting outside a music shop in a remote area of northwestern Pakistan exploded prematurely Saturday, police said. The explosion happened just after dawn in a market in Luki Murwat, about 70 kilometers southeast of Dera Ismail Khan, a city in the North West Frontier Province bordering Afghanistan. Ashraf Zaman, an area police chief, said the attacker_ who was aged about 20_ wanted to target the music shop, but he accidentally exploded the device. "We saw his body parts, but we have no other information about this terrorist," he said The blast damaged 10 shops, but no one was injured because the market was closed at the time, he said. No one claimed responsibility for the explosion, but Zaman said officers suspected Islamic militants - who in recent months had distributed pamphlets warning music shops to close down.

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