Suicide bombing in Pakistan kills four

Associated Press
Published September 2, 2007

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - A suicide bombing killed four Pakistani troops near the Afghan border Saturday, as tribal elders met with Islamic militants elsewhere to seek the release of at least 120 Pakistani soldiers, officials said.

Maj. Gen. Wahid Arshad said a suicide car bomber rammed into a security forces vehicle in Bajur tribal region on Saturday around 10 a.m., killing four troops and wounding three others. Two civilians also were wounded, he said.

Pakistani forces are struggling to contain a spike in militant attacks in its volatile tribal regions, where a recent U.S. intelligence report suggested al-Qaida may be regrouping.

On Saturday, tribal elders and pro-government tribesmen met with militants to urge them to free scores of troops who disappeared Thursday in South Waziristan - about 175 miles southwest of Bajur - said two local security official, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

The militants' demands were not immediately clear.