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10 Killed in Pakistan Roadside Blast

A roadside bomb killed at least 10 people Thursday in Pakistan's restive northwest tribal region said officials.

The victims were traveling in a passenger van in a remote village in Kurram tribal district when their vehicle hit the buried explosive, wounding four others, according to authorities.

In neighboring North Waziristan, a suspected U.S. drone strike killed at least five militants.  Officials said the strike, the fourth of its kind in the region in 24 hours, targeted a compound on the outskirts of Miran Shah, the region's main town. Drone attacks Wednesday reportedly killed almost 20 militants.

The tribal region is considered a stronghold for Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants accused of planning and staging attacks against NATO troops across the border in Afghanistan.

Although U.S. officials do not publicly confirm drone strikes, they have said privately that many key militant leaders have been killed.

Separately Thursday, a bomb exploded near the house of a government minister in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing at least three people.

Police say the bomb detonated near the house of Baluchistan provincial finance minister Asim Kurd, who was reportedly unhurt in the attack.

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

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