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Bombings Kills More Than 50 in NW Pakistan

Pakistani officials say two bombings have killed more than 50 people and wounded nearly 100 others in the country's northwest tribal area near the Afghan border.

Police said Friday a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated explosives outside a government office in the Yakaghund village in Pakistan's northwest Mohmand tribal region. They suspected the second explosion was from a car bomb.

The early morning blasts flattened dozens of buildings. They occurred as officials nearby were distributing wheelchairs and other aid to those in need.

Mohmand is part of Pakistan's lawless tribal belt where Taliban and al-Qaida militants are believed to be hiding. The Pakistani army has carried out operations in Mohmand, but it has been unable to extricate the militants.

Pakistan is under pressure from the United States to go after the insurgents, who also have carried out attacks on Western forces in Afghanistan.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.