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Pakistan cycle bomb 'kills five'

Pakistani police officers examine the site of bomb explosion in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009.
It is not clear who carried out the attack

At least five people have been killed and many more wounded in a bomb blast in north-west Pakistan, police say.

The bomb, attached to a bicycle, went off on a busy main road in the town of Dera Ismail Khan, close to tribal areas where Islamic militants are in control.

The bomb's target is not clear. Some reports said it went off minutes after a provincial lawmaker had passed by.

Dera Ismail Khan has in the past seen sectarian violence between majority Sunni Muslims and minority Shias.

Wounded

Police say more than 20 people were hurt in Monday's attack.

Map Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan

"It was a cycle bomb. Five people died on the spot while the wounded were shifted to hospitals," police officer Bashir Khan told Reuters news agency.

Police are investigating whether the lawmaker was the target.

Earlier this month, five policemen and two civilians were killed in a suspected suicide attack in the town.

Pakistani security forces are struggling to contain an insurgency by Taleban and al-Qaeda militants in its border region with Afghanistan.

Hundreds of people have been killed in a wave of suicide and other attacks in Pakistan over the past 18 months.

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