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Suicide bomb weighing 1,300 pounds kills nine in Pakistan

According to reports by Reuters, A suicide bomber set off explosives in a vehicle at a security checkpoint in the northwest Pakistani town of Hangu Thursday, killing at least nine people, officials said.

Pakistan has seen a wave of suicide attacks in the past three years, many in northwestern regions along the Afghan border where the Pakistan military is battling Taliban insurgents.

"Four policemen are among the dead ... it also killed five people in cars driving past," police official Gul Jamal told Reuters.

Seven women and four children were among 30 wounded.

The bomber used about 600 kg (1,300 lb) of explosives. The blast destroyed three vehicles and severely damaged seven houses, a bomb disposal official said. Continue reading...