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Bomb kills 9 security officers

November 12, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A roadside bomb killed nine Pakistani security officers close to the Afghan border, while two soldiers died in a separate militant assault on a security post in the same area, officials said.

The bomb struck a convoy of paramilitary soldiers as it traveled along a road near Ghallani in the Mohmand region just before sunset, said Zabid Khan, the top civilian administrator in the semiautonomous region. One passerby was also killed, he said.

About 12 hours earlier, dozens of militants armed with automatic weapons and rocket launchers attacked the security outpost, killing the two soldiers and wounding three others, local government official Maqsood Khan said.

The army responded by shelling militant positions, killing 10 suspected fighters, intelligence officials said.

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