Bomb kills 16, missiles hit militants in Pakistan
PARACHINAR, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb exploded near a marketplace in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing 16 people, and suspected U.S. missiles hit a militant compound — the latest incidents of rising violence in the region, government and intelligence officials said.
Six militants were killed when two missiles suspected of being fired from U.S. drones hit a compound in Bobar Ghar belonging to the Pakistani Taliban, known as Tehrik-e-Taliban, according to two intelligence officials. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media, said the identities of the militants killed were not yet known.
The bomb blast occurred in Kalaya, the main town in the Orakzai tribal area, said local government administrator Khaistan Akbar. Orakzai is one of several areas in the semiautonomous tribal region along the Afghan border where the military has been battling a domestic Taliban insurgency.
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