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Bomb in Pakistan kills 9 soldiers

ISLAMABAD — A roadside bomb targeting a Pakistani army convoy exploded Sunday, killing nine soldiers in a tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, the army said.

The bombing was in a village near Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal area, the army said in a statement. It did not say if anyone was wounded.

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No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, which happened in a region home to a mix of local Pakistani, Afghan, and Al Qaeda-linked foreign militants.

Pakistan has been slow to launch a military offensive against the militants in the region, saying that it’s forces were already too stretched fighting the militancy in other tribal areas along the border.

The outgoing Pakistani government of President Zardari carried out several military offensives against the insurgents. The newly elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has a stated policy that it will give priority to a peace dialogue with the homegrown militants. Sharif’s party also took this line as one of the main themes of his campaigning for May 11 elections, which brought him in power.

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