Roadside bomb explosion kills official, 5 police in northwestern Pakistan

Roadside bomb explosion kills official, 5 police in northwestern Pakistan

At least seven people were killed today in a remote-controlled explosion in Pakistan's Bajaur Agency, police said.

A few hours after the blast, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terror group, also known as Pakistani Taliban, released a statement, claiming responsibility for the attack.

"A government official and five security personnel were among the killed", said a political administration official of the agency, adding that the target of the miscreants was the security forces.

One of the five killed in the bomb blast has been identified as the local Tehsildar Fawad Ali.

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Since 2001, thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks, and many more have been displaced.

Bajaur borders the volatile eastern Afghan province of Kunar where fugitive Pakistani militants have taken refugee and extremists loyal to Afghanistan's branch of Islamic State are also well-entrenched.

He said a four-country group including Pakistan, China, the USA and Afghanistan could be expanded to include other countries with influence over the Taliban.

However, a recent huddle of Pakistani diplomats in key world capitals had called for more careful approach towards ties with the USA and avoiding any confrontation with the country. But several militant groups are still active in the country, particularly in the northwest.

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