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Bus bomb kills 19 in northwestPakistan: police


PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A
bomb exploded on a bus on the
outskirts of the northwestern
Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday,
killing 19 people and wounding
several, police officials said. There have been numerous
bombings in Peshawar, capital of the
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, since
the Pakistani military stepped up
operations against militant groups in
2007. "The bus was carrying around 40
people, most of them government
employees, when there was a huge
blast," police official Merah Khan told
Reuters. Police said the bus was travelling from
Peshawar to the nearby town of
Charsadda. Peshawar borders Pakistan's semi-
autonomous ethnic Pashtun regions
along the Afghanistan border where
Islamist militants have found refuge
despite a series of military offensives
over the past few years. The Pakistani Taliban, the Afghan
Taliban, al Qaeda and affiliated militant
groups are entrenched in the tribal
regions, and take advantage of the
porous border to launch attacks
against NATO and Afghan forces in Afghanistan. (Reporting by Jibran Ahmad and Faris
Ali in PESHAWAR; Writing by Qasim
Nauman; Editing by Nicholas Macfie)

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