Anti-Taliban Leader Killed in Pakistan

Local officials in northwestern Pakistan say a bomb has killed a key anti-Taliban tribal leader.

Officials say Shahfur Khan was returning to his home Friday after prayers marking the start of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha when the bomb exploded.  The blast in Badan village, near the Afghan border, killed Khan instantly and wounded others. 

Khan emerged as a leader in Bajur after militants killed his predecessor in a suicide bombing last year. 

Militant attacks have surged in Bajur and other northwestern tribal regions since the Pakistani army launched an offensive in South Waziristan last month. 

Pakistan's military says troops killed 15 insurgents during recent operations in South Waziristan.  Another 15 insurgents were killed during a siege on militant positions in the Khyber tribal area. 

Journalists and rights groups cannot independently verify the military reports because they are barred from the battlefield. 

On Thursday, a roadside bomb exploded in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, wounding a police chief, his guard and a young girl. 

Police say the remote-controlled device targeted police chief Riaz Ulislam and was detonated as he drove by in a private car.

Witnesses say the car was badly damaged, along with a nearby electrical tower. 

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