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Eight killed by checkpoint bomb

A bomb has exploded at a checkpoint, killing eight members of a militia fighting a group similar to the Taliban in north-west Pakistan.

Government official Iqbal Khan said six more members of the militia were wounded at the checkpoint located in Tirah valley of the Khyber tribal region.

The attack started when a bomb planted at the checkpoint was detonated by a timer, Mr Khan said.

Then as the militiamen were retrieving the bodies, people opened fired on them.

The militiamen escaped unhurt but two of the attackers were killed by return fire.

The Pakistan-based militia was reportedly set up to fight Lashkar-e-Islam, the official said.

Insurgents often target the militias which they perceive as Pakistani government supporters.

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