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Police van bombing kills 9

August 28, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A police van carrying prisoners in northwest Pakistan was bombed today, killing at least nine people.

No one immediately claimed responsibility, though police said militants were the likely culprit. The attack took place as the van crossed a bridge in Bannu, said Waqas Ahmad, a police chief.

The dead included police officers and prisoners, said Jalil Khan, a police official.

Hours earlier, security forces drove off a Taliban attack on a fort and pounded another band of militants holed up in a health center, officials said Wednesday. As many as 49 insurgents were reported killed in separate attacks.

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