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Death Toll in Northwest Pakistan Bomb Blasts Rises

July 10 (Bloomberg) -- The death toll in Mohmand Agency rose after two bombs exploded yesterday, equaling the deadliest guerrilla attack since January in Pakistan’s northwest.

The blasts killed 105 people and wounded 140 others, Miraj Ali Khan, a local government official, said by telephone from Mohmand today.

The Edhi Foundation ambulance service counted 85 people killed and more than 150 injured, its provincial coordinator, Mujahid Khan said yesterday.

Bombs built into a car and a motorcycle exploded yesterday at Yaka Ghund, 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the main northwestern city of Peshawar. The bombs struck near the office of Assistant Political Agent Rasul Khan, the government administrator in the village, who has been organizing local Mohmand tribesmen to fight the Taliban.

The attack is the biggest in the frontier region since a Jan. 1 bomb killed 105 people.

Guerrillas

While Mohmand has been one of the calmer Pakistani regions along the Afghan border, guerrillas have been gathering there after fleeing the army’s latest offensive in the Orakzai Agency, south of Peshawar, Malik Naweed, chief of police for Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, said yesterday.

Taliban guerrillas seized an army post on the Mohmand frontier with Afghanistan on June 15, forcing scores of soldiers to flee.

Taliban guerrillas claimed responsibility in February for a series of bomb attacks that destroyed or damaged schools in Mohmand and other tribal areas.

To contact the reporter on this story: Anwar Shakir in Peshawar at ashakir1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mike Millard at mmillard2@bloomberg.net

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