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Suicide bomber strikes Pakistan bus terminal, kills 6

KHAR, Pakistan -- A suicide bomber struck a bus terminal in northwest Pakistan on Monday, killing up to six people in the sixth bomb attack in as many days to strike the nuclear-armed country, police said.

The bomb exploded in the small town of Jandol in the district of Lower Dir, 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the capital Islamabad. Pakistani troops fought a major offensive to expunge the Taliban from the area nearly two years ago.

"Six people have died," police official Islam Khan told AFP.

The Lower Dir administration office said at least five people were killed in the town, which is close to Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt on the Afghan border that Washington has dubbed a global headquarters of al-Qaida.

"The bomb exploded at a bus terminal," said Qazi Jamil ur-Rehman, the regional deputy inspector general of police.

"It was a suicide attack. The bomber was on foot. At least five killed and seven were injured. We're investigating what the target was. This area is close to Bajaur trial district," he said.

More than 4,200 people have been killed across Pakistan in attacks blamed on Taliban and other Islamist extremist networks, which are based in the tribal belt, since government troops stormed a radical mosque in Islamabad in 2007.

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