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Bomb Attacks Kill 36 in Flood-Weary Pakistan

Man receives treatment after being injured by suicide bombing in Peshawar,  Pakistan 23 Aug 2010.
Man receives treatment after being injured by suicide bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan 23 Aug 2010.

Pakistani officials say three separate bomb attacks have killed at least 36 people.   

Police say three people died in a blast on the outskirts of Peshawar. The Associated Press identified the victims as the leader of an anti-Taliban militia, Israr Khan, and two aides.

Earlier Monday, authorities said a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in the South Waziristan tribal region, killing a local cleric and at least 25 other people.   

Police said the cleric, Maulana Noor Mohammed, was the target of Monday's attack. The area is considered a stronghold of Taliban-controlled militant activity.

Elsewhere, a bomb exploded at a meeting of tribal elders in the Kurram region, killing seven people. No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts.

Islamist militants have carried a wave of bombings over the last several years, but they have kept a low profile since Pakistan's flood crisis.

Also Monday, Pakistani officials said a suspected U.S. drone carried out a missile attack in the northwestern tribal region, killing at least five militants.

The attack took place in North Waziristan, near the Afghan border.  The area is considered to be a Taliban stronghold, with some areas used as hideouts by al-Qaida.

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

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