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Roadside bomb in Pakistan kills 4 soldiers

December 12, 2013

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying Pakistani soldiers in a northwestern tribal area near the Afghan border on Thursday, killing four of them, two military officials said.

The officials said five soldiers were also wounded in the attack in the Spinwam village in the North Waziristan region.

They blamed Pakistani militants for planting the bomb, but provided no further details.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief the media on the record.

No one claimed responsibility, but authorities have blamed Pakistani Taliban for previous similar attacks in the North and South Waziristan tribal regions and elsewhere in the country.

North Waziristan is one of the main strongholds of Pakistani Taliban.

Pakistan has carried out several offensives in North Waziristan, one of the troubled tribal regions where the U.S. often carry out drone strikes to target local and foreign militants. Pakistan has condemned these drone strikes and has demanded a halt to them.

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