Pakistani Taliban says behind deadly blast in tribal region

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The incident occurred in Tangi area of Tehsil Mamond in Bajaur agency.

Pakistani officials say a roadside bomb blast has killed a government administrator and six tribal police officers in a tribal area on the border with Afghanistan.

He said a four-country group including Pakistan, China, the US and Afghanistan could be expanded to include other countries with influence over the Taliban.

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Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has urged the Trump administration to hold dialogues with the Taliban to bring peace in Afghanistan.

Remote-controlled improvised explosive blasts are militants' frequently used tactic to target security forces in the restive tribal region following the Taliban's ouster from their strongholds near Afghanistan border by Pakistan army.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) claimed responsibility for the explosion, saying it wanted "to eliminate the black infidel democratic system in Pakistan" and impose Islamic justice system.

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The army has managed to reduce violence across the Asian country in recent years, following a series of counterterrorism operations conducted against militants, but every so often remnants of the terror groups carry out periodic bloody attacks, both against people and the armed forces, particularly in the northwest.

Asif also said that Pakistan would reproach the US for its new Afghanistan policy at the United Nations General Assembly next week, saying "the Trump administration is following a militaristic approach and that policy has already failed".

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