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Tribal elder killed in Pakistan

Taliban member in Pakistan
There are fears the Taliban are reasserting themselves in Pakistan

An anti-Taliban tribal elder has been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Bakakhel area of north-west Pakistan, police officials say.

Gul Hakim and three others were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives next to the car they were travelling in.

He was a member of the Bakakhel Peace Committee, a pro-government group that regularly confronted Taliban militants.

Several tribal elders were killed in a neighbouring district last week.

The attack comes just days after many were killed in two other suicide car bomb attacks in the north-west.

Correspondents say the spate of recent attacks across north-west Pakistan has raised fears that the Taliban appear to be reasserting themselves after a series of setbacks.

A journalist in Bakakhel told BBC Urdu's Dilawar Khan that the bomber targeted Gul Hakim's car shortly after 1000 local time.

Witnesses said the car was completely destroyed by the force of the blast

Bakakhel is extremely close to Janikhel where last week suspected Taliban militants shot dead several pro-government tribal elders, sparking a clash in which a number of people were killed.

Bakakhel and Janikehl have long been troubled by militant violence.

The areas are close to the tribal region of North Waziristan, a Taliban stronghold.


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