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Roadside bomb ‘kills 12’

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BBC – At least 12 people have been killed by a roadside bomb in the Lower Dir area of northwest Pakistan, police say.

Seven others were wounded, some seriously, in the explosion which took place early on Sunday.

The bomb reportedly hit a van carrying villagers heading towards a marketplace near the border withAfghanistan.

Lower Dirborders the Swat valley from where the Pakistani army ousted Taliban forces in 2009, and has seen many militant attacks in the past.

Taliban fighters chased out of Swat and Dir regions are reported to have set up bases inAfghanistan, just across the border from Lower Dir.