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Suicide Bomber Targets Pakistani Police, Killing 11


Deadly Suicide Bombing Strikes Pakistani Police Checkpoint
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WATCH: Deadly Suicide Bombing Strikes Pakistani Police Checkpoint

Authorities in Pakistan say a bomb targeting a police checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan killed as many as 11 people on January 19 and wounded 20.

The bomb attack was in Jamrud in the Khyber tribal area on a road leading from the city of Peshawar to the Khyber Pass and neighboring Afghanistan.

It also was near an area where Pakistani security forces are fighting the Taliban and other militant groups.

Peshawar police official Iqbal Khan told reporters the dead include at least five police, as well as civilians and at least one child.

He said the attack appears to have been carried out by a suicide bomber who struck as a local police chief arrived at the checkpoint.

Other reports said the targeted police chief was among those killed.

Munir Khan, a local government official, said the bomber was riding a motorcycle and rammed it into the roadside checkpoint.

Pakistan's Taliban, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack in an e-mail sent to RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP

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