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Suicide bombing kills nine, wounds 49 in NW Pakistan: official

At least nine people were killed and 49 injured on Monday after a suicide bomber Noun 1. suicide bomber - a terrorist who blows himself up in order to kill or injure other people
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political
 blew up his explosives-laden car in a restive northwestern Pakistan valley, officials said.

The bombing took place at a security checkpoint in the town of Mingora in scenic Swat Swat (swät), district of the Malakand division, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan. Saidu Sharif is the capital. The largely inaccessible region is reached by air and through mountain passes from the south and east.  valley, which has been rocked by a violent campaign to impose Islamic laws.

"According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 initial reports, nine people were killed and 49 others were injured in the suicide blast at the checkpost," a security official told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .

He added that all who died were civilians, and a lone security official was among the wounded.

"The attacker was trying to approach the checkpost after bypassing the queue, but his car exploded on the way," the official said.

The chief of a local government hospital, Doctor Lal Noor, said that nine bodies were brought in along with the 49 who were wounded.

Pakistan is currently facing its worst period of violence by Islamic militants, many of who are linked to Al-Qaeda.

Nearly 1,500 people have been killed since July 2007 in a wave of militant bombings across the country.

The mountainous Swat valley was until last year a popular tourist destination A tourist destination is a city, town or other area the economy of which is dependent to a significant extent on the revenues accruing from tourism.

It may contain one or more tourist attractions or visitor attractions and possibly some "tourist traps".
 featuring Pakistan's only ski resort.

But the region has been turned into a battleground since radical cleric Maulana Fazlullah, who has links to Pakistan's Taliban movement, launched a violent campaign for the introduction of Islamic Sharia law Noun 1. sharia law - the code of law derived from the Koran and from the teachings and example of Mohammed; "sharia is only applicable to Muslims"; "under Islamic law there is no separation of church and state"
Islamic law, sharia, shariah, shariah law
 in the valley.
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