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Car Bomber Kills 6, Including 2 Kids, In Pakistan


Suicide Car Bomber Kills 6, Including 2 Children, in Pakistan

Pakistani officials say a suicide bomber has killed six people in Swat Valley, a day after the military said it drove out almost all pro-Taliban militants from the region after weeks of fighting.

Security officials say a policeman and five civilians, including two children, were killed Sunday when the bomber drove a car loaded with explosives into a police checkpoint. Several people were wounded in the blast.

On Saturday, the army said some 290 militants have been killed and another 143 captured in scenic Swat Valley since major operations began last month to retake territory from pro-Taliban forces.

An army spokesman, Major General Nasser Janjua, says five soldiers and six civilians also were killed in the fighting, but that militant leader Maulana Fazlullah managed to flee to nearby mountains with at least 200 of his supporters.

In another incident Sunday, Pakistani police say unknown assailants fired at least three rockets at an air force base in the northwester city of Peshawar.

A media report from Islamabad says one person was wounded in the attack.

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