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Gunmen attack school van in Pakistan; 5 dead
Gunmen attack school van in northwest Pakistan, killing 3 children, a teacher and a driver
By The Associated Press

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) ' Gunmen attacked a school van in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing three children, a teacher and the driver, police said.

The strike took place in Matani on the outskirts of the main northwestern city of Peshawar.

The district is the scene of a vicious conflict between government-backed tribal armies and Islamist militants with links to al-Qaida and the Taliban who are based in the nearby Afghan border regions. The extremists have targeted civilians there before.

The bus was taking students home when the gunmen struck, said police officer Qayum Khan.

Militants seeking to overthrow Pakistan's Western-backed government have carried out hundreds of attacks in recent years.

Most have been against security forces and government or Western targets, but civilians have also been hit, especially in regions where extremists are battling tribal militias. Analysts say the attacks are aimed at getting residents there to stop supporting the militias fighting them.

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