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FACTBOX-Security developments in Pakistan, March 2

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 2 Mar 2012 11:27 GMT
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March 2 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Pakistan on Friday at 1120 GMT.

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* TIRAH - A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at a camp of the Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) militant group in the northwestern Khyber tribal region, killing seven militants and wounding five, an LI spokesman and intelligence officials said.

The group has a long-standing rivalry with the Pakistani Taliban, and both organisations have regularly attacked each other's personnel and installations.

AKHUNKOT - Pakistani fighter jets bombed two militant hideouts in the Akhunkot and Barlas areas of the northwestern Orakzai tribal region, killing 15 militants and wounding 12 others, security officials said.

The death toll could not be independently verified and militants often dispute official accounts.

TIRAH - Militants attacked a Pakistani military checkpost in the Tirah area of the northwestern Khyber tribal region, near the Afghanistan border, killing 10 soldiers, security officials said.

At least 23 militants were killed when Pakistani troops retaliated, officials added. Several militant groups, including the Pakistani Taliban, have strongholds in Khyber, where several military offensives have failed to end the insurgency.

PESHAWAR - Gunmen opened fire at a car in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing an intelligence official, police officials said.

DERA BUGTI - Three militants were killed and two soldiers wounded when militants attacked a Pakistani paramilitary convoy in the Dera Bugti area of the southwestern Baluchistan province late on Thursday, security officials said on Friday.

Baluch separatists and Taliban militants have been active in the province and have been blamed for such violence in the past. (Reporting by Jibran Ahmad in PESHAWAR, Saud Mehsud in DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Ibrahim Shinwari in KHYBER, Ali Afzaal in PARACHINAR, and Gul Yusufzai in QUETTA)

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