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Roadside bomb kills six civilians in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD — At least six people were killed Wednesday when a roadside bomb struck a pickup in Pakistan’s restive northwest, an official said.

The incident occurred in Jamrud town in the Khyber district, one of the tribal districts along the Afghan border.

“Six people were killed and seven injured,” Riaz Khan, an official with the district governor’s office, said by telephone.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but the district has seen increasing violence in recent weeks as the Lashkar-e-Islam militant group tries to wrest control of the region from Tariq Afridi, another armed rebel group.

The two groups have attacked each other and government targets in their fight for regional supremacy.

At least five members of Lashkar-e-Islam were killed by a suicide bomber March 23 in the Akakhel area of the Tirah Valley, about 10 kilometers south of Jamrud.

Pakistan has deployed hundreds of troops in the district who frequently engage the militants but have failed to eliminate them.

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