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Bomb targeting police kills 11 in northwest Pakistan


Peshawar : At least 11 people, including security personnel, were killed and 20 others injured today in a bomb blast near a checkpost in northwestern Pakistan.

The explosion occurred near the vehicle of line officer Nawab Shah in Jamrud area of Khyber tribal region, police said.

The explosive device was planted in a motorbike, it said. The dead include police, civilians and at least one child.

Khyber is part of Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal belt on the Afghan border where security forces are fighting the Pakistani Taliban.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Pakistan witnesses frequent bomb and suicide attacks blamed on extremist militant groups and troops have for years been fighting homegrown armed groups in the tribal belt.

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