Northwest official calls militants a "cancer"

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KHAR, Pakistan (AP) - A provincial official in northwest Pakistan says a suicide bombing that killed 96 people at a volleyball game is the result of militants lashing out as a military offensive puts them on the run.

The Northwest Frontier Province chief minister spoke to reporters after visiting victims of the bombing being treated at a hospital in the provincial capital of Peshawar.

He calls militants and militancy "a cancer," and says the
struggle must continue until it's gone.

In another region of the volatile northwest today, a roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying a group of anti-Taliban tribal elders, killing two and critically wounding four others.

It was the latest attack targeting local residents opposed to the militants.

A local official says the elders were working to set up a militia in the Bajur tribal area, a militant stronghold near the Afghan border.


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