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At least 20 killed in attacks in Pakistan

From Nasir Habib, CNN
updated 6:42 AM EDT, Sat July 21, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The attacks come as Ramadan begins
  • The Taliban claimed responsibility for one of the attacks
  • 20 people died in the three different locations

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A suicide bomber killed nine people and wounded 17 others during an attack at the home of a Taliban commander in northwestern Pakistan Saturday, officials said.

This explosion was part of a series of attacks that left at least 20 people dead Saturday, as the Muslim holy of month of Ramadan begins.

This incident occurred in a village in Kurram, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan, said Zakir Hussain, a senior government official in the area.

Five militants and four children were killed in the attack, Hussain said. The explosion occurred at the entrance of the home that was used by a Taliban commander and also as a meeting place for militants, Hussain said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for this attack, saying the commander was targeted for trying to leave the militant group.

In another attack, a roadside bomb blast killed four people and wounded eight others in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said Muhammad Ali Shah, a senior government official.

In a different attack, armed militants killed seven paramilitary soldiers. This incident occurred in Balochistan province when six gunmen opened fire on a checkpoint.

Journalist Aamir Iqbal contributed to this report.

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