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Taliban kill 3 US soldiers in Pakistan roadside bomb attack

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(Read caption) A Pakistani police officer looks at the remains of a vehicle destroyed by a bomb that killed three US soldiers and four foreign aid workers near a girls' school in Lower Dir, Pakistan, on Wednesday.

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A roadside bomb attack killed at least seven people, including three Americans, in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, news agencies report. The US fatalities represent a significant victory for Taliban militants, who claimed responsibility for the attack, after months of increasing drone attacks.

The US Embassy in Islamabad has confirmed that three US military personnel were killed and two wounded in the blast, the Pakistani daily Dawn reports.

"It appears to be the first time American soldiers have been killed in such an attack in Pakistan," Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said that it had carried out the attack. A TTP spokesman accused the men of working for Blackwater International, a security contractor that changed its name to Xe in 2009 and that attracted widespread criticism over alleged excessive use of force in Iraq.

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