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Seven police killed in Pakistan

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Police in Pakistan say seven officers have been killed in an attack on a checkpoint in Mianwali in Punjab near restive North-West Frontier province.

Residents in the town heard gunfire and an explosion as the checkpoint building was attacked before dawn.

Two policemen were shot dead, and the other five died in the explosion.

A police spokesman said the attack "appears to be part of terrorist activity being carried out by militants across the country".

On Thursday a suicide bomb attack killed 33 people, and left dozens more injured, in the town of Dera Ghazi Khan, also in Punjab.

Troops and police have been fighting pro-Taleban militants in North-West Frontier province.

Mianwali is on the eastern side of the Indus river which formed the boundary between Punjab and North-West Frontier provinces.

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