Bomb kills six on way to school in Bajaur

Three female school teachers, two schoolgirls among victims

PESHAWAR – A roadside bomb killed six people traveling to school in the Bajaur tribal region on Tuesday, officials said, as the military reported further air strikes against the Taliban.

The violence underscored the myriad of challenges facing the government, which is struggling to control political protests in the capital at the same time the military is engaged in an offensive against Taliban fighters in the northwest.

The roadside bomb killed three female school teachers, two schoolgirls and a driver, officials said. Their van was traveling through Tangi village in the Bajaur tribal region. Local government official Naeem Gul said all the victims died immediately.

No militant group claimed responsibility for the bomb. Elsewhere in another tribal region, Pakistani jets pounded a militant hideout, killing eight militants, security officials said. The bombardment is part of a two-month old anti-Taliban military offensive in the remote region of North Waziristan.

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