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Reports from Pakistan say at least 23 suspected militants have been killed and more than 20 people injured in a suicide bombing in the country's northwest tribal region, near the Afghan border.

Local officials said the attack by a suicide bomber occurred on March 2 in Tirah Bazaar of Khyber agency, a stronghold of the Lashkar-e-Islam militant group, which has ties with the Taliban.

Reports said that the attack was carried out by the militant Tariq Group, a rival to Lashkar-e-Islam.

The death toll could not be verified through independent sources as the areas is off limits to media representatives.

With reporting by AFP and AP
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