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Pakistani Troops Push Farther Into Taliban Stronghold


The Pakistani army says its troops pushed farther into a northwestern militant stronghold Sunday, a day after the military said it captured the hometown of a Taliban leader.

The military says helicopters provided air support as Pakistani ground troops pushed from the strategic town of Kotkai and moved deeper into South Waziristan along the Afghan border.

Kotkai is the hometown of Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

Elsewhere, authorities say a suicide bomber killed one police officer east of the capital, Islamabad, on Sunday. Officials say the bomber detonated his explosives when police stopped his car for a search.

Police say they detained another man who had been in the car but left the vehicle before the bomb exploded.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani army has raised the death toll from Saturday's helicopter crash in the Bajur tribal region. It says six soldiers died in what officials are calling an accident.

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