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Militants Kill Pakistani Pro-Government Tribal Leader

Police say suspected Taliban militants have killed a pro-government tribal leader in Pakistan's northwest.

The tribal leader was shot and killed Wednesday in Shangla district near Swat Valley.

The Pakistani military launched an offensive in the region against the Taliban about three months ago, after the collapse of a peace deal to impose strict Islamic law (Sharia) in Swat Valley.

Militants have retaliated by stepping up attacks, including a suicide bombing last month in Lahore that killed a prominent Islamic cleric, Sarfraz Naeemi, who supported the military crackdown on the Taliban.

Elsewhere in the northwest, police say a Shi'ite Muslim lawyer was wounded and his guard killed when a bomb ripped through the parking area of a court in the city of Dera Ismail Khan, in North West Frontier Province, Wednesday.

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