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Taliban suicide bombing kills 5 in northwestern Pakistan

 

PESHAWAR -- A Taliban suicide bombing targeted the administrative headquarters of a tribal region in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing three policemen and two passers-by, according to officials.

 

The explosion went off at the main gate of the tribal headquarters in Ghalanai in the Mohmand tribal region, just as the workday was about to start, said Hameedullah Khan, a local government official.

 

A breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban -- Jamaat-ul-Ahrar or Freedom Movement -- claimed the attack in a text message sent to The Associated Press.