Pakistan: Burqa-clad bomber strikes

Passenger of motorised rickshaw kills at least 15 people at a police checkpoint.

    The bomb was detonated at a police checkpoint
    in the garrison town of Bannu [AFP]

    Ameer Hamza Mahsud, the Bannu police chief, also said that an examination of remains "confirmed that it was a male suicide bomber".

    Earlier reports had suggested that Pakistan had suffered its first suicide attack by a female bomber.

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    A member of the so-called "Pakistan Taliban" movement told Al Jazeera that there were 300 people, including 33 Pakistani women, ready to carry out suicide operations in the region.

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    A police official said the blast went off near a bus stand and 19 people were also wounded.

    Pakistan's military has suffered a string of deadly attacks since a peace treaty with tribal elders broke down and government troops stormed the Red Mosque in Islamabad in July.

    Also in Bannu on Monday, more than 20 Pakistan troops went missing, feared kidnapped, after a gunfight.

    Abdul Nawaz Khan, district officer of the Bannu frontier force, said more than 100 fighters had surrounded a security post and fired rockets and mortar shells.
     
    Communication with the troops was then lost.

    Bannu, a major garrison town near Pakistan's troubled tribal areas on the Afghanistan border, has seen frequent clashes between government troops and fighters loyal to the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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