Roadside bomb explosion kills official, 5 police in northwestern Pakistan


A roadside bomb exploded Sunday killing a local government official and four policemen in Pakistan's restive northwestern tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.

Muhammad Khorasani, a spokesman of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Officials said the administrator of the Mamoond sub-district, Fawad Ali, was being driven to a border village to attend a traditional assembly of tribal elders when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.

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A Pakistani officials told the media that the incident occurred in Bajaur Agency's Loye Mamond area.

The TTP, mainly active in FATA, is regarded as Pakistan's biggest security threat.

Both Pakistan and Afghanistan accuse each other of providing safe havens to militant groups.

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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.

The army has managed to reduce violence across the Asian country in recent years, following a series of counterterrorism operations conducted against militants, but every so often remnants of the terror groups carry out periodic bloody attacks, both against people and the armed forces, particularly in the northwest.

It was against this backdrop that acting United States Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alice Wells' scheduled trip to Pakistan was postponed last month at the request of the government of Pakistan.

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