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Officials: 5 killed in Pakistan bomb attacks

Blast targets anti-Taliban tribal leaders.

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A Pakistani solider stands guard overlooking the Khyber Pass on the Pakistani border with Afghanistan. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Pakistani officials said two bomb attacks killed at least five people in the country's restive northwest, reported The Associated Press

The blasts in Chamarkand, a town in the Bajur tribal area, reportedly singled out anti-Taliban tribal leaders, according to The Wall Street Journal

Tariq Khan said the roadside bomb killed two anti-Taliban tribal elders and the blast quickly drew security forces to the area, prompting a second bomb explosion nearby that killed two soldiers and a policeman, reported Agence-France Press.

AP said the bombs appeared to have been set off by remote control. 

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No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Bajur region lies near the Afghan border -- a mostly lawless region seen as a haven of militant activity.

Large military campaigns were launched against the Taliban in Bajaur in August 2008 and February 2009, said AFP

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