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Pakistanís violence claims 71 in single day

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, March 2, IRNA -- A suicide bomber Friday targeted members of a rival faction and killed at least 23 people in Pakistan’s Khyber tribal area, taking death toll to 71 in the same region in violence, officials in the region said.

The bomber blew his explosives in the office of Lashkar-e-Islam group in Khyber tribal region, bordering Afghanistan.

Several other people were injured in the deadly attack in the remote Tirah valley.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.

A spokesman for the group, Muhammad, called reporters in Peshawar and claimed responsibility for the attack.

He said that the Lashkar had killed 11 of TTP members in Bara area of Khyber agency two months ago and his group has taken revenge of those killings.

A spokesman for Lashkar said that only six of his group’s members were killed in the attack.

Sources said that nearly 20 other people were injured in the attack.

Earlier in the day at least 10 soldiers and 23 militants were killed in clashes in the same region, officials said.

Officials also claimed that 15 militants were killed when Pakistan military aircraft bombed several hideouts of the suspected Taliban militant hideouts in the Orakzai tribal area.

Police in Peshawar said that gunmen, riding a motorcycle, shot and killed an intelligence official.

Bashir Khan was heading to office when came under attack. No group claimed responsibility.

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Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80019629



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