Suicide Bomber Kills at Least Nine in Pakistan

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A suicide bomber drove vehicle full of exposives into a police checkpoint in Hangu, Pakistan. 1,300 pounds of explosives were used in the attack, killing at least nine people.

A suicide bomber drove a vehicle packed with explosives into a security checkpoint in Pakistan's town of Hangu on Thursday, killing nine people and wounding 30 others.

According to a bomb disposal official, the bomber used about 1,300 pounds of explosives in the attack. It destroyed three vehicles and severely damaged seven houses.

Pakistan has seen a wave of suicide attacks in the past three years, many in the country's northwest frontier with Afghanistan.

The army has launched a series of offensives over the past two years in Pakistan's northwest, which it says have weakened the Taliban.

Analysts question their effectiveness because militants can establish strongholds elsewhere.

The military offensive is seen as a crucial effort to bring stability to Afghanistan, where U.S. forces are leading the fight against the Afghan Taliban.

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