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Sunday, June 29, 2008

WAR ON TERROR: Blast destroys militant compound in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A resident says a powerful explosion has destroyed a militant compound in northwestern Pakistan's tribal region, killing eight people.

The cause of the explosion early Monday in Bar Qambarkhel village is unclear. A militant spokesman claims it was a missile strike launched from neighboring Afghanistan.

It comes three days after Pakistani paramilitary forces launched a major offensive against pro-Taliban militants in Khyber.

Resident Nawaz Khan Afridi says he was woken by a loud explosion and joined dozens of villagers is rescuing survivors. He says he saw eight bodies.

Militant spokesman Munsif Khan claims it was a missile strike which had killed at least six supporters of the Vice and Virtue Movement and wounded 20.