Landmine blast kills 3 in Pakistan

The incident happened in the northwestern Khyber Agency tribal region

The incident happened in the northwestern Khyber Agency tribal region

KARACHI - A landmine blast killed three members of a pro-government militia in the northwestern Khyber Agency tribal region in Pakistan on Monday.

The incident took place in the far-flung Tirah valley where a vehicle carrying militia members hit a landmine planted by pro-Taliban militants, a senior military official told The Anadolu Agency, preferring not to divulge his name.

The pro-government militia, commonly known as the "peace militia," is composed of anti-Taliban tribesmen who support security forces in operations against militants.

Khyber Agency is one of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in Pakistan where security forces have launched a large-scale operation in October 2014 to flush out the pro-Taliban Lashkar-e-Islam group.

Meanwhile, a police officer was killed and two were injured in a bomb attack detonated by remote control in the northwestern city of Mansehra, local media reported.

The blast struck a patrolling van near a bus terminal, killing the area police chief on the spot, Pakistani channel Geo Tv reported.

No group claimed responsibility for the blast.

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