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Mayor killed in Pakistan bomb blast: Police

The mayor of a town in remote northwest Pakistan was killed and his driver wounded when a roadside bomb planted by suspected Taliban militants exploded near his car, police said.

world Updated: Mar 06, 2009 11:35 IST

The mayor of a town in remote northwest Pakistan was killed and his driver wounded on Friday when a roadside bomb planted by suspected Taliban militants exploded near his car, police said.

The mayor of the town of Kaki, about 70 kilometres (45 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district, was travelling in the Mundan area when the explosion took place.

"Mayor Khair Ullah died and his driver was injured after his vehicle was hit by a remote-controlled bomb," police official Saleem Khan told AFP.

Khan did not say who was believed to be behind the bombing but Taliban militants operating in the region, near the Afghan border, have carried out several recent attacks on policemen and government officials.

Northwest Pakistan has been wracked by violence since hundreds of extremists sought refuge in the area after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan that toppled the hardline Taliban regime in 2001.