- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 10, 2010

UPDATED:

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide bomber on Wednesday attacked a vehicle carrying tribal police near Pakistan’s volatile Khyber tribal area bordering Afghanistan, killing 17 people.

The bomber was able to get inside the police vehicle before detonating his explosives, said local tribesman Izzakhana Afridi, who witnessed the bombing.

Rasheed Khan, a local government official, said the blast killed 10 policemen, six civilians and one paramilitary officer.

Police official Ibrahim Khan, who survived the explosion because he was outside the vehicle, said the blast also injured about a dozen other civilians.

No group has claimed responsibility, but Taliban militants often target Pakistani security forces.

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