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Suicide Attack Kills Atleast Nine in Northwest Pakistan

  • VOA News

Officials in Pakistan say at least nine people were killed when a suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into a military convoy in the country's volatile northwest.

Sunday'sattack took place near the town of Mingora in Swat valley, where security forces have carried out several operations against fighters loyal to a pro-Taliban cleric.

Military officials say at least four security personnel and three civilians were killed in the blast. The attack also wounded at least 13 more civilians and 10 other soldiers.

No further details have been released.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate Friday's suicide bombing that killed at least 50 people near the city of Peshawar in North West Frontier province.

The blast took place as worshippers gathered to pray during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. The bomber targeted former Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao, who escaped unhurt.

Police say they have detained several people for questioning, including some from a nearly Islamic school.

Friday's attack was the deadliest in Pakistan since October, when twin suicide bombings killed 139 people at a parade to welcome former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto back from exile.

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