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Policeman Killed in Pakistan Blast

Officials in northwestern Pakistan say a suicide bomber has killed a policeman and wounded six other people.

Authorities say the attack Saturday happened about 50 kilometers northeast of Peshawar, the capital of restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which borders Afghanistan.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Pakistani Taliban has carried out many bombings in Peshawar, targeting security forces and civilians.

Peshawar is located on the border with Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal region, the main sanctuary for Taliban militants in the country.



On Friday, a suicide bomber in Peshawar targeted the convoy of a security forces commander, killing at least 11 people and wounding more than 15 others. The dead included two women.

Authorities say the commander, Abdul Majeed Marwat, survived the attack near the U.S. consulate, a target of previous attacks.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for Friday's attack. A Taliban spokesman telephoned VOA to say the blast was in response to army operations against Taliban bases in the tribal areas.

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