PESHAWAR, Pakistan Dec 3 A suicide bomber
rammed a car into a military convoy in a northwestern Pakistan
on Wednesday, killing three soldiers and a passer-by, police
and residents said.
Pakistani forces are battling al Qaeda and Taliban
militants in the northwest, who have retaliated with a campaign
of suicide bombings, particularly on the security forces in the
ethnic Pashtun tribal regions on the Afghan border.
The violence has raised concern about nuclear-armed
Pakistan's prospects as its civilian government struggles with
a sharp economic downturn and with pressure from India which
blames militants from Pakistan for last week's assault in
In the latest attack on Pakistani forces, the bomber
targetted a paramilitary Frontier Corps convoy, 32 km (20
miles) northwest of the city of Peshawar city, near the Mohmand
"After the attack, the vehicle caught fire and we have
reports of three security people and a civilian killed," said a
police official who declined to be identified.
Shopkeeper Abdul Qadeer said troops had opened fire after
the blast but caused no casualties.
The attack came two days after a suicide car-bomber killed
eight people in an attack aimed at a military checkpoint in the
troubled Swat valley, to the northwest of Islamabad.
Earlier on Wednesday, the military used artillery and jet
fighters to attack militant hideouts in Mohmand but there was
no immediate word on casualties, security officials said.
Most of the recent fighting with militants has been in the
Swat valley and in Bajaur, another tribal region on the Afghan
border, where the military says more than 1,500 militants have
been killed since August.
There has been no independent verification of that casualty
(Reporting by Izaz Mohmand; Writing by Augustine Anthony;
Editing by Robert Birsel and Sanjeev Miglani)