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Pakistani Taliban says behind deadly blast in tribal region

17 September 2017, 05:08 | Glen Norman

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Pakistani firefighters use hoses to try to extinguish burning vehicles after a blast in Quetta on August 12 this year. Violence in Pakistan has declined in recent years following a series of military offensives. But several militant groups are still activ

The incident occurred in Tangi area of Tehsil Mamond in Bajaur agency bordering Afghanistan.

"A government official and five security personnel were among the killed", said a political administration official of the agency, adding that the target of the miscreants was the security forces.

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The levy personnel was on routine patrolling of the area when the militants detonated an improvised explosive device through remote control as their vehicle reached the spot, it said.

One of the five killed in the bomb blast has been identified as the local Tehsildar Fawad Ali.

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Security forces have cordoned off the area and kicked off a search operation in the surrounding areas for the culprits.

The outlawed extremist group and its breakaway factions plot attacks in the border region and elsewhere in Pakistan, saying their violent campaign is aimed at eliminating what they consider to be the current un-Islamic democratic system in the country.

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Asif also said that Pakistan would reproach the USA for its new Afghanistan policy at the United Nations General Assembly next week, saying "the Trump administration is following a militaristic approach and that policy has already failed". Security in the region has improved in recent years after the Pakistani military mounted offensives there against the al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban, which is considered the country's biggest security threat.



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