Suicide bombing kills six in Pakistan

Six killed in suicide bombing in Pakistan’s northwest

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

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A local government office in a northwestern Pakistani tribal area was targeted by a suicide bombing on Tuesday which killed at least six people and wounded 31 others, officials told Agence France-Presse.

"At least six people were killed and 31 others were wounded after a suicide bomber detonated himself at the entrance of office," head Khyber tribal administration official Shahab Ali Shah told AFP. Four tribal policemen were among the dead and more than 15 personnel were wounded, four of them critically, Shah said.

Nek Mohammad, another tribal administration official, confirmed the attack.

The bombing targeted government administrative offices in Khyber’s tribal district of Jamrud bordering Afghanistan. The Pakistani military has been battling Taliban groups in Jamrud.

Pakistan's seven tribal districts near the Afghan border have long been hotbeds of Taliban and Al Qaeda militancy.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Pakistani Army has been fighting against the Taliban since June 2014. More than 3,000 militants and approximately 300 soldiers have been killed since the operation started.

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