Pakistanis return to Swat; blast elsewhere kills 9

CHARSADDA, Pakistan (AP) - A blast at a home that may have been used as a meeting place for militants has killed at least nine people in central Pakistan.

The home in Punjab province was used as a religious seminary for children, and at least seven of the dead are kids. The cause of the explosion remains a mystery, but police say the remnants of six rockets and a suicide vest were found. The Interior Ministry, however, says it wasn't a suicide attack.

The blast comes on the first day some of the more than 2 million refugees are being allowed back into the Swat Valley following the government's three-month long crackdown on extremists there.

The government claims it has cleared the region of militants. But, many Swat militant commanders remain at large.

Some refugees are refusing to go home, saying they still fear for their safety and demanding promised aid. Each family was promised just over $300, but the government has had problems handing out the cash.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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