Roadside Bomb Kills 5 Militants in Northwest Pakistan

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in southwestern Pakistan say gunmen have kidnappped eight Pakistani employees of a U.S.-based aid organization.

Authorities said Tuesday the aid workers from the American Refugee Committee were kidnapped in Baluchistan province after distributing aid to Afghan refugees.

Baluchistan has faced an Islamist militancy, a local insurgency, and sectarian violence between majority Sunnis and minority Shi'ite Muslims.

Kidnappings in the area have been common, including five mining officials who were seized Sunday by tribal rebels.

Earlier this month, two Swiss tourists were kidnapped at gunpoint while traveling through Baluchistan in a car.

Meanwhile, intelligence officials say a vehicle carrying Taliban militants has hit a roadside bomb in the country's northwest tribal region, killing five insurgents.

The officials said the incident happened Tuesday in South Waziristan, and involved insurgents linked to militant leader Maulvi Nazir. His fighters are said to cross the border to attack U.S. and NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan.