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Bomb targeting security forces kill 16 in Pakistan
Bomb in market place in northwest Pakistan kills 16, including security officials
By The Associated Press

KHAR, Pakistan (AP) ' A government official says a bomb in a market place in a town close to the Afghan border has killed 16 people.

Government administrator Abdul Haseeb says at least five of the dead in the attack in Bajur on Friday were local security force members.

Islamist militants battling for control of the Afghan border region will be suspected in the attack.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

KHAR, Pakistan (AP) ' A Pakistani security officer who was given a presidential award for his role in fighting the Taliban has been killed along with seven other people in a bomb blast near the Afghan border.

Government administrator Abdul Haseeb said the slain officer Fazal Rabi was working for Bajur's tribal police force.

He was standing near a checkpoint in the northwestern town of Khar when the blast occurred Friday. It also wounded 10 civilians and officers.

Rabi had been awarded a presidential award for his bravery in 2011.

No group claimed responsibility. But the Pakistani Taliban have carried out similar attacks in the past.

Khar is the main town in the Bajur tribal region, where Pakistan has carried out operations against local Taliban.

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