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Blast near Pak army convoy; soldier dead

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attack on the outskirts of Miran Shah in which nine others were hurt.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 14:49 IST

A roadside bomb exploded near an army convoy in a remote tribal region of Pakistan on Monday, killing one soldier and wounding nine others, a security official said.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attack on the outskirts of Miran Shah, the main town in the tribal region of North Waziristan bordering Afghanistan, the official said on condition of anonymity.

The official said the army convoy was going to Bannu -- a nearby tribal region -- from North Waziristan at the time, he said, adding that authorities were investigating the attack.

The official declined to speculate about who might have launched the attack, but authorities have blamed local Islamic militants for similar incidents in the past.

Pakistan is a key ally of the United States in the war on terror and has deployed thousands of troops in its tribal region in an effort to flush out Al-Qaeda-linked militants and their supporters, who are believed to be hiding in the largely lawless area.

Miran Shah has been the scene of several military operations against militants.

Hundreds of Arab, Afghan and Central Asian militants are believed to be in North and the adjoining South Waziristan tribal regions, and Pakistan has said it will continue a campaign against them until they are captured or killed.

First Published: Jan 30, 2006 14:49 IST