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Anti-Taliban leader killed in Pakistan
Sun, 24 Apr 2011 11:52:38 GMT
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A Pakistani anti-Taliban leader has been killed in a massive bomb explosion, which ripped through a remote tribal region near the border with Afghanistan.

Tribal elder Malik Manasib Khan was killed in an incident that took place in Salarzai region, 65 kilometers northeast of Khar, the main town of Bajaur tribal district in the northwest of the country, on Saturday, AFP reported.

Five people were also injured in the assault. The wounded were taken to hospital and are said to be in a stable condition.

"A bomber blew himself up before the vehicle of Malik Manasib Khan killing him and four others including a paramilitary soldier and wounding five others," tribal police official Javed Khan said.

Local intelligence officials have confirmed the attack and the death toll. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion, which bears the hallmark of those carried out by pro-Taliban militants.

Manasib Khan survived four previous attempts on his life by the militants.

The assassination attack comes as Pakistani security forces have carried out a series of military operations against pro-Taliban militant groups in Bajaur Agency since August 2008.

The tribal Bajaur region is considered as a hotbed of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan and al-Qaeda-linked militants.

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