(AFP) – Mar 1, 2008
KHAR, Pakistan (AFP) — Two people were killed and 21 others injured when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-filled car into a security personnel vehicle in a restive Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.
The attack took place outside Jar village, near Khar, the main town of lawless Bajaur tribal district, where suspected pro-Taliban militants regularly attack security forces.
"A civilian and security official died and 21 others, including eight Levis (tribal police) personnel, were injured in the suicide blast," local government official Mohammad Iqbal Khan told AFP.
The security official and the civilian died at hospital, he added.
He said authorities had found the head of the suicide bomber who was driving a white Suzuki car.
Pakistani forces have fought increasingly fierce battles against Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants in the tribal belt since 2003.
A suspected US air strike in Bajaur in January 2006 targeted Osama bin Laden's chief lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri, but missed.
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