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Attack Near Afghan Border Kills 24 Pakistani Soldiers

A Pakistan soldier monitors the Afghan border (epa) ISLAMABAD, July 14, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- At least 24 Pakistani soldiers have been killed by a suicide car bomber in the country's volatile North Waziristan tribal region near the border with Afghanistan.

Pakistani military spokesman Waheed Arshad told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan today that the attacker drove an explosive-laden car into military convoy on a road near Daznaray. He said more than 20 other soldiers were injured by the attack. That village is about 50 kilometers north of Miran Shah, the administrative center of North Waziristan.

Pakistan in recent days has deployed thousands of soldiers into parts of the Northwest Frontier Province and the semi-autonomous tribal areas near the Afghan border.

Islamic extremists in those areas have vowed to carry out a series of suicide attacks as revenge for the army's attack on a militant cleric and his followers at Islamabad's Red Mosque.

(With material from AFP, AP, and Reuters)

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