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Suicide bomb in northwestern Pakistan kills 25

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A suicide car bomb exploded in a market in northwestern Pakistan Friday, killing about 25 people and highlighting the continuing violence in Pakistan’s northwest despite government offensives aimed at dislodging Taliban militants.

The blast struck a hotel in a market area Friday in Usterzai, a small village on the outskirts of Kohat and about 40 miles from Peshawar, as families were shopping for the upcoming holiday of Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan.

It is the second attack in the area in as many days; a bomb in Kohat on Thursday wounded six people. The area has a significant Shiite population in a majority-Sunni country.

Agence France-Presse reports that the market was packed with shoppers when the bomb exploded near a bus stop, destroying shops and vehicles in the area.

The Associated Press reports that the target was a small hotel.

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