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Bomb destroys Pakistan press club: official

A bomb destroyed a local press club building on Wednesday in a restive tribal area of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, but caused no casualties, an official said.

world Updated: Feb 18, 2009 11:30 IST

A bomb destroyed a local press club building on Wednesday in a restive tribal area of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, but caused no casualties, an official said.

The two-storey building was reduced to rubble by the explosives, planted by unidentified people in Wana, the main town of South Waziristan tribal district, deputy administrator for the region Ghafoor Shah told AFP.

"Unidentified people planted a bomb at the press club which destroyed the building, but 13 security personnel deployed there remained unhurt," Shah said.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.

There was no claim of responsibility, but Taliban militants operating in the area have threatened local reporters in the past.

Pakistan's lawless semi-autonomous tribal areas have been wracked by violence after hundreds of Taliban and Al-Qaeda rebels sought refuge following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan toppled the Taliban regime in late 2001.