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WORLD BRIEFING / PAKISTAN

Times Wire Reports

A suicide car bomber attacked an army convoy at a checkpoint in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 27 people near another emerging militant stronghold within striking distance of the Afghan border.

A deputy of Pakistan’s top Taliban leader took responsibility for the bombing near the town of Hangu and said more would follow until the U.S. ends missile attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gillani condemned the assault as a “cowardly act of terrorism” and said the government would use an “iron hand” against terrorists and extremists.

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