military officials say a suicide car bomber has struck a security checkpoint in
northwestern Pakistan, killing nine security personnel.
The attack occurred (Monday) in the town of Madian, in volatile Swat
Pakistan's army has been battling al-Qaida and Taliban fighters in Swat for
Elsewhere in the northwest today, unidentified gunmen kidnapped Afghanistan's
ambassador-designate (to Pakistan) in the city of Peshawar.
An Afghan official (Noor Mohammad Takal) told VOA the gunmen ambushed
Consul General Abdul Khaliq Farahi today (Monday) as he traveled to his
home in the city.
Farahi's driver was killed in the assault.
In an effort to combat insurgent activity along the Pakistan-Afghanistan
border, Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak (today/Monday) said
his nation has suggested the creation of a joint Afghan-Pakistani force.
He said this coalition would be able to operate against militants on both sides
of the border.