20 Pakistan soldiers killed as bomb hits military convoy

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Pakistani soldiers and policemen cordon off the area of the bombing Photo: AFP
Officials in northwest Pakistan say a blast targeting a military convoy has killed 20 Pakistani soldiers and wounded at least 30 others. 
Authorities say the explosion happened as a routine weekly convoy was preparing to leave the town of Bannu to go the restive North Waziristan tribal region, which is considered a safe haven for al-Qaida-linked militants
Army officials say the car that exploded had been rented from a local Bannu resident. The Army says it frequently hires vehicles from the local population. 
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. A Taliban spokesman said the group will "carry out more such attacks in the future." 
In December, the Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack in the town of Mir Ali that killed five soldiers. Afterwards, the military launched a retaliatory attack on the Taliban, killing three dozen militants.
Source: VOA and agencies
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