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Militant rockets kill four in NW Pakistan

Four civilians were killed in Northwest Pakistan when Taliban militants fired rockets at local government offices in a restive tribal region on the Afghan border, an official said.

world Updated: Jan 01, 2009 14:10 IST

Four civilians were killed in Northwest Pakistan on Thursday when Taliban militants fired rockets at local government offices in a restive tribal region on the Afghan border, an official said.

At least four rockets landed near a court and government complex in Khar, the main town in Bajaur district, local administration chief Israr Khan told AFP.

"The attack left four civilians dead and 16 wounded," Khan said.

Pakistani troops have been battling Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants in the troubled district, a known hub of extremist activity, since early August.

Elsewhere in the northwest, two police officials were killed Thursday in a bomb blast in the town of Bannu, which borders another troubled tribal district, North Waziristan, local police chief Mohammad Alam Shinwari said.

He said the bomb disposal squad had been alerted to the presence of the device, but it went off as they were trying to defuse it. Seven other squad members were injured in the explosion.

And on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar -- where militants have staged a series of attacks on NATO supply depots, torching hundreds of vehicles -- police said an officer was killed in an explosion at a police post.

Police defused another bomb planted near the scene, according to official Fida Mohammad.