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Blast kills 5 in northwest Pakistan

17 September 2017

A roadside IED blast targeting a vehicle of security officials in Pakistan's restive tribal region today left at least five persons, including four levy personnel, dead, authorities said.

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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The blast took place in the town of Mamoond, some 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Khar, the main town of Bajaur, one of the country's seven semi-autonomous tribal districts, where the army has been battling Taliban militants.

"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 bomb, he said, was planted along a road in Tangi village of Bajaur Agency, which sits near the Afghan border, and was detonated remotely when the vehicle passed by.

But militant groups are still able to carry out bloody attacks, particularly in the northwest.

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Pakistan army claims to have killed over 5,000 suspected militants in ongoing military operations since 2014, whereas more than 700 troops have also lost their lives in clashes, and landmine blasts during this period. The year was when Pakistan entered an alliance with the United States in Washington's so-called war on terror.

Blast kills 5 in northwest Pakistan