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Deadly Taliban attack on rival Pakistan group

At least 17 people die in gun and suicide attack on house of rival group's commander in northwest Orakzai district.

Last Modified: 03 Oct 2013 16:46
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Thursday's clashes were just the latest in a long line of attacks blamed on Pakistani Taliban [AFP]

At least 17 people have been killed in northwest Pakistan after the Taliban launched an attack against a rival armed group, officials say.

A senior government official told the AFP news agency on Thursday that clashes erupted when Pakistani Taliban fighters attacked the house belonging to the commander of a pro-government group in Pakistan's Orakzai tribal district.

A suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into the compound of Maulvi Nabi Hanfi, the commander.

Hanfi was not in the compound at the time of the attack, according to Wajid Khan, a local government administrator.

Hanfi has been battling the Pakistani Taliban in the Orakzai tribal area.

A local tribal leader, Malik Nek Marjaan, said the Pakistani government had been supporting Hanfi's group in its battle against the Pakistani Taliban.

In a separate incident on Wednesday, a suicide bomber killed at least three people and wounded 12 others at a southwestern border crossing point between Afghanistan and Pakistan, officials said.

In the past week, a car bomb killed 40 people in the city of Peshwar, and there have been several Taliban attacks in the country's remote Balochistan province.

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