A suicide bomber in Pakistan has blown himself up close to a police checkpoint, killing at least 10 people. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
At least 10 killed in Pakistan suicide blast
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A suicide bomber blew himself up close to a police checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday (January 19), killing at least 10 people and wounding more than 20, officials said.
The bomber rammed his motorcycle into a police vehicle next to the roadside checkpoint in the Jamrud area on the edge of Pakistan’s volatile Federally Administered Tribal Areas, local government official Munir Khan told Reuters.
Among the dead were at least five police officers, as well as a child and a local journalist, officials said.
TV footage showed the burnt-out remains of cars.
The Pakistani Taliban senior commander Maqbool Dawar claimed responsibility for the attack.
He told Reuters it was revenge for what he alleged were the recent deaths of arrested Taliban men while in government custody, and said that the journalist was not the target.
A Taliban splinter group also claimed it was behind the bomb.
The attack took place in an area where security forces have stepped up their fight against the Taliban and other militant groups along the border with Afghanistan, following the massacre of more than 150 people, mostly children, at an army-run school in December 2014.