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The bomber detonated his explosives as Hilal Hyder’s vehicle was passing through a crowded market in the city of Peshawar, said police officer Asif Iqbal.

Mr. Hyder, who was investigating cases against terrorists in the troubled northwest, was killed along with two of his guards and two bystanders, said Mr. Iqbal. At least 37 other people were wounded.

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan claimed responsibility for the attack, saying Mr. Hyder was working against the militant group.

“We killed him today in Peshawar because he was behind the arrest of some of our fighters,” he said.

The Pakistani Taliban have been waging a bloody insurgency for the past several years because they oppose the Pakistani government’s alliance with the United States and want to enforce Islamic law throughout the country.

Peshawar has experienced many attacks because it is on the edge of Pakistan’s tribal region, the main sanctuary for militants in the country.

Israel

Peres dismisses talk of run for prime minister

JERUSALEM — President Shimon Peres is playing down speculation that he might run for prime minister.

The 89-year-old Nobel peace laureate said Wednesday that he plans on completing the final two years of his term. The presidency is a respected but largely ceremonial post.

Aides to Mr. Peres said this week that political operatives from various centrist parties have asked him to return to politics as head of a dovish bloc. Mr. Peres is seen as one of the few figures capable of challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in January’s parliamentary elections.

At a ceremony in Moscow where he received an honorary degree, Mr. Peres was asked whether he would run.

“I’ve enjoyed serving my country as president for the last five years and will continue to do so,” he told reporters.

Egypt

Ministries ordered to enforce ban on porn websites

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