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Pakistan bomb explosion kills six

Hospital staff treat an injured victim of the blast
The injured were rushed to hospital

A bomb blast at a petrol station in north-western Pakistan has killed at least six people, police said.

The attack took place in Shabqadar, a town near the border with the Mohmand tribal region 60km (37 miles) north-east of Peshawar.

Mohmand is controlled by Taliban militants and there have recently been clashes with Pakistani security forces.

Among the dead were children of a woman taking fuel. At least eight people were injured in the explosion, police said.

"A car drove up to a fuel station at 12 noon today," a local police official told the BBC Urdu service.

"It blew up minutes later as it was being filled with diesel."

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"We can confirm that six people have been killed and eight injured."

"The injured have been shifted to a local hospital."

Police also told the BBC that it was too early to say if it was a suicide bombing.

"We will have to investigate and see if the vehicle was just carrying explosives, or if it was a car suicide bomb."

The BBC's Syed Shoaib Hasan says that Shabqadar's proximity to Mohmand means that it has often been the scene of suicide attacks, mostly on military targets.

The area is close to Pakistan's lawless tribal districts where Taliban militants are active and the government has little control.

Surging violence

Violence has been reported across the north-west after the army launched its operations to dislodge Taliban militants from their strongholds there this summer.

In June, a suicide bomb attack on a luxury hotel in Peshawar killed 15 people and injured at least 60.

Gunmen stormed the Pearl Continental Hotel before blowing up a vehicle containing nearly 500kg of explosives.

Meanwhile a curfew has imposed in the Swat area of North West Frontier Province following an attack on a check post.

The army recently said that militants had been "cleared" from Swat.



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