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20 Killed in Pakistan Suicide Bomb Blast

Officials say a suicide bomber in Pakistan's restive northwest tribal region along the Afghan border, has killed 20 people and wounded at least 40.  Five policemen are among the dead.

Authorities say the bomber detonated his explosives Friday as he approached a police checkpoint near a market in Khar, the main town of the Bajaur tribal district.

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.  A Taliban spokesman said the attack was revenge for the killing of its members.

Pakistan's Taliban has mounted suicide bombings which have often killed civilians, and shooting attacks on security forces in an effort to topple the government.

Pakistan has been unable to stop the Taliban's attacks.

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

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by: Jim O'Neill
May 04, 2012 3:26 AM
Some more "positive" press for the Taliban and al Qaeda. Suicide cannot be a long-term strategy for any group. I am surprised it has lasted this long. How many crazies are out there?


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