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Suicide bomb in Pakistan's tribal zone kills civilians

Bomb targeted security forces near Afghanistan border, local broadcaster reports

Ekip   | 05.12.2017
Suicide bomb in Pakistan's tribal zone kills civilians


By Aamir Latif

KARACHI, Pakistan

A suicide bomber killed six people in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border on Tuesday, local media reported.

Nine were injured in the attack targeting a security convoy in Mir Ali, the region’s second largest town, broadcaster ARY News reported.

The attacker tried to strike a military vehicle with an explosives-laden motorcycle but struck a civilian vehicle instead, North Waziristan Deputy Administrator Mohammad Irfanuddin told Anadolu Agency.

All the casualties were civilians, he added.

North Waziristan is one of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions and was once the headquarters of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

The army launched a series of operations in the tribal regions, mostly in North Waziristan, in 2014 to eliminate the TTP and its affiliates.

Military chiefs have said more than 5,000 suspected militants were killed in the operations for the loss of around 700 troops. More than a million civilians were displaced although the government has said the majority have returned home.

* Islamuddin Sajid in Islamabad contributed to this article.

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