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Suicide Bomber Kills 6 Pakistani Troops


A Pakistani army vehicle patrols a street following a blast at a paramilitary camp in Bannu, Pakistan, December 24, 2011.

A Pakistani army vehicle patrols a street following a blast at a paramilitary camp in Bannu, Pakistan, December 24, 2011.

A suicide attack has killed at least six Pakistani troops in the country's northwest.

Police say the bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a paramilitary building in the Bannu district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on Saturday.

At least a dozen members of the paramilitary Frontier Corps were wounded in the blast, which targeted the camp office of a unit called the Tochi Scouts.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

A Taliban spokesman, Ehsansullah Ehsan, said the attack was meant to avenge the killing of one of its commanders, Taj Gul, in a recent U.S. drone strike in the South Waziristan tribal region, a key sanctuary for the militants.

The spokesman also said the Taliban was behind Friday's attack on a paramilitary post in the Tank district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. One soldier was killed and 15 troops were reported missing.

Ehsan said the Taliban has kidnapped the soldiers.

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

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