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17 security personnel killed in suicide attack in Pak

March 24, 2013 15:20 IST

The death toll in a suicide car bombing at an army check post in the restive North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan has risen to 17, a military spokesman said on Sunday.

The suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into Esha check post near Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency, on Saturday night.

Six security personnel were killed instantly and 11 more died later.

Over a dozen security personnel were injured, officials said earlier.

Troops cordoned off the area after the attack and launched a search operation. Authorities imposed a curfew in the region.

No group claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.

North Waziristan is considered a safe haven for Taliban and Al Qaeda elements.

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