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Roadside Bomb Kills Senior Pakistani Official, 4 Security Guards

Roadside Bomb Kills Senior Pakistani Official, 4 Security Guards

At least five people, including four paramilitary troops were killed in a roadside blast in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, an official said.

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

The official further added that five Levies personnel were patrolling in Garigal area when the vehicle was targeted with a remote-controlled explosive device.

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The PM began his day by seeking his mother's blessings in Gujarat and soon wishes started pouring in on social media. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley wished Modi on his birthday and said that day will be observed as "Seva Diwas".

The blast occurred in remote Bajur agency tribal region, one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal areas in Pakistan, targeting a top tribal administration official's vehicle, Bajaur Agency Assistant Administrator Aanwar-ul-Haq told Anadolu Agency.

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. But several militant groups are still active in the country, particularly in the northwest. Security in the region has improved in recent years after the Pakistani military mounted offensives there against the al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban, which is considered the country's biggest security threat.

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


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