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Bomb kills 37 at Pakistan polling station

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  • Taliban claims responsibility, says bomb is retribution for fighting militants
  • Doctor says police officer among dead
  • Voters were casting ballots to fill empty national assembly seat
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- A suicide car bomb apparently targeting voters killed at least 37 people and wounded 16 others in the Bunair district of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province Sunday, a police official said.

A police officer was among the dead, a doctor said.

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan said his group claims responsibility.

He said residents of the area had fought against the Taliban earlier this year, killing six Taliban members and driving them out of the area.

The blast happened outside a polling station where voters were casting ballots in an election to fill an empty seat in Pakistan's national assembly.

CNN's Zein Basravi contributed to this report.

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