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Roadside Bomb Claims Three In Pakistan

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan -- A roadside bomb has killed at least three soldiers in northwestern Pakistan.

Officials in the North Waziristan tribal region say the attack on October 6 also wounded at least seven other soldiers. They said a security forces vehicle struck a roadside bomb as it traveled on the road from North Waziristan's administrative capital, Miran Shah, to the nearby city of Bannu.

Abu Baseer, a purported spokesman of the little known militant organization Ansarul Mujahideen, claimed responsibility for the attack in a phone call to RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal.

North Waziristan is considered a bastion of Arab, Pakistani, Afghan, and Central Asian militants affiliated with Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and allied extremist movements.

With reporting by AFP
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    RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

    Radio Mashaal was launched in January 2010 in order to counter a growing number of Islamic extremist radio stations in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province (now Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the border with Afghanistan.