Bomb blast kills 4 soldiers in northwest Pakistan

HUSSAIN AFZAL Associated Press Published:

PARACHINAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A local Pakistani government official says a roadside bomb has killed four soldiers in the country's northwest, near the Afghan border.

Javedullah Khan says Wednesday's bombing in Hangu district also wounded 11 soldiers.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack. Both local and foreign al-Qaida-linked militant outfits operate in Pakistani tribal areas, and Pakistani Taliban have been waging a bloody war against the state, killing tens of thousands of people in a bid to overthrow the government and enforce their harsh brand of Islam.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has launched a dialogue with the militants but it was suspended due to continued Taliban attacks.

The Taliban have declared a month-long ceasefire to resume the talks, but one of its splinter groups killed 11 people in an attack Monday in Islamabad.