Deadly attacks

The raid is the latest in a series targetting high-ranking Taliban commanders close to the Afghan border

Taliban fighters ambushed a convoy of prominent anti-Taliban tribal elders in the northwest earlier on Thursday, killing nine people, seven of them elders, police said.

They were travelling from the Machikhel area to meet security officials in Bannu district when their convoy was attacked by Taliban fighters, police said.

The ambush followed a separate attack by Talian fighters who killed two members
of another anti-Taliban committee on Thursday in Swat valley in the northeast.

The attackers struck as members of a "peace committee'' slept in the Sertelegram area, mayor Mohammad Ibrar Khan said.