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Suicide bomber attack kills 11 people in northwest Pakistan

RIA Novosti


ISLAMABAD, November 8 (RIA Novosti) - At least 11 people, including a local mayor, were killed in a suicide bomber attack in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, the CNN TV news channel reported.

At least 36 others were injured in the deadly attack in the outskirts of Peshawar. About 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of explosives were used, CNN quoted Shahibzada Anis Khan, district coordination officer, as saying.

Khan said that Matni-area Mayor Abdul Malik was the target. He was standing outside his home when a car pulled up and blew up, killing the mayor, CNN reported.

Malik was in charge of organizing Lashkhar, a local volunteer militia fighting militants. There had been several attacks on his life, CNN quoted Khan as saying.

The area separating Pakistan and Afghanistan has been a stronghold for Taliban radicals who fled Afghanistan after the U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban regime there in 2001, as well as for Al-Qaeda fighters.

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