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Suicide bomber kills 15 in northwest Pakistan
Police say suicide bomber has killed 15 people at funeral in northwestern Pakistan
By The Associated Press

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) ' Police say the death toll from a suicide bombing at a funeral in northwest Pakistan has now reached 15.

Police officer Sher Hassan Khan says Thursday's blast took place at the funeral of a tribal leader who had formed a militia to oppose Islamist militants in the area.

Khan say that 50 people were also wounded.

The attack took place in Lower Dir, a region close to the Afghan border that has seen much violence between militants and security forces.

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

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) ' A suicide bomber attacked a funeral service in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least six people and wounding several more, police said.

The blast took place in the Lower Dir region, which lies close to the Afghan border. Police officer Mohibullah Khan said the death toll could rise.

It was not immediately clear why the funeral was targeted or who was being buried.

Like much of northwest Pakistan, Lower Dir regularly sees violence between Islamist militants and security forces. Militants often target tribesmen opposed to their rule.

On Monday, Taliban gunmen killed four children as they were returning from school close to the main northwestern city of Peshawar.

The insurgents said the attack was aimed at stopping locals there supporting a tribal militia that is fighting the militants.

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