Car bomb targeting office of pro-government elders kills 17 people in northwestern Pakistan

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Associated Press

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 13 at 7:34 AM

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Local officials in northwestern Pakistan are blaming the Pakistani Taliban for a car bombing that killed at least 17 people today.

The blast tore through a crowded bazaar outside an office for anti-Taliban tribal elders in a town near the Afghan border. No group has claimed responsibility, but the Pakistani Taliban have staged similar attacks in the region to punish elders for backing security forces in offensives against militants.

It's unclear how many people were in the office at the time, but a local official says the dead include tribal elders as well as passers-by. He says 40 people were wounded and some are in critical condition.

The Provincial Information Minister is urged the federal government to launch a "decisive operation " to eliminate the militants. He says: "Instead of wasting time, we should hit them back," adding that it will save innocent lives.

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APPHOTO XMM105: A Pakistani youth sits amid the rubble of offices destroyed in a car bomb explosion in the Pakistani town of Darra Adam Khel in the troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. A powerful car bomb went off outside the offices of pro-government tribal elders in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing several people, police said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad) (13 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XMM102: Pakistanis check the damage caused by a car bomb explosion, in the Pakistani town of Darra Adam Khel in the troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. A powerful car bomb went off outside the offices of pro-government tribal elders in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing several people, police said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad) (13 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XMM101: Pakistani Army soldiers stand at the site of a car bomb explosion, in the Pakistani town of Darra Adam Khel in the troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. A powerful car bomb went off outside the offices of pro-government tribal elders in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing several people, police said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad) (13 Oct 2012)

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