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Latest update : 2008-08-02

A roadside bomb has claimed the lives of at least 8 Pakistani policemen in the Swat Valley in northwestern Pakistan, part of a resurgence of violence in the area since the collapse of a pro-Taliban militant peace deal.

MINGORA, Pakistan, Aug 2 (Reuters) - A bomb blast killed at
least 8 Pakistani policemen on Saturday, part of a resurgence of
violence in the northwestern Swat Valley since the collapse of a
peace deal with pro-Taliban militants, police said.

The policemen were heading towards Kabal, a militant
stronghold, when their vehicle hit the bomb. Three to four
policemen were wounded.

Ali Rehmat Khan, the local police chief, said 15 policemen
were travelling in the vehicle.

"We were returning from holiday and going to Kabal when the
bomb exploded under our vehicle," Inspector Mohammad Wisaal, one
of the wounded men, told Reuters in a hospital in Swat's main
town, Mingora.

Pakistani authorities signed a peace deal with the militants
in May to end a wave of violence that erupted late last year
when militants tried to enforce Taliban-style rule in the

But clashes have broken out again recently in the
mountainous Swat region, whose beauty made it a top tourist
destination until the militant bid for power last year.

Nearly 50 people have been killed in the fighting, and
earlier this week militants killed three intelligence officials
and captured up to 30 police and paramilitary troops in an
attack on a checkpoint.

Date created : 2008-08-02