22 Jul 2012

Bomb attack kills 9 in Pakistan

6:16 am on 22 July 2012

A suicide bomb attack has killed nine people in northwestern Pakistan.

Officials say the blast went off at the entrance to an anti-Taliban commander's compound in Kurram, part of the tribal regions which border Afghanistan.

The Reuters news agency is reporting that the compound is used by a local militia and also contains residential units.

Pakistan's military has been carrying out operations against militant groups in the tribal regions for months.

Several militant groups are active in Pakistan's northwestern semi-autonomous tribal regions, near the border with Afghanistan, including the Pakistan Taliban, responsible for many of the bombings across the country in recent years.