Pakistani Taliban says behind deadly blast in tribal region

Pakistani Taliban says behind deadly blast in tribal region

Bajaur is one of the seven tribal agencies that makes up Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas along its volatile border with Afghanistan. The bombing took place as an official from the civilian administration was traveling with the police to attend a meeting in the Taliban-infested region.

Security official Rahmat Gul told RFE/RL that the vehicle of the official, identified as Fawad Khan, was struck by a bomb in Bajaur on September 17.

The official further added that five Levies personnel were patrolling in Garigal area when the vehicle was targeted with a remote-controlled explosive device.

The TTP, mainly active in FATA, is regarded as Pakistan's biggest security threat.

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Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the bomb explosion but in the past Taliban militants have carried out several suicide bombings and other attacks in the district.

The militant violence has killed tens of thousands of Pakistanis over the years. Pakistani troops have for over a decade been battling militants in the region to curb insurgencies by the Takfiri terrorist groups of Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Speaking to The Wall Street Journal in Islamabad, the foreign minister observed that the United States's "militaristic approach" represented a failed policy in the war-torn country.