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Pakistani militant kills self, family in DIY bomb accident: official

Published on Mar 19, 2014 2:12 PM

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) - A militant commander and five family members including a child were killed when a bomb he was tinkering with exploded at his home in northwest Pakistan, officials said on Wednesday.

Aalim Deen Mehsud, a local commander of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the North Waziristan tribal area, was trying to remove explosive material from a mortar shell, triggering the blast, a security official said.

"He was trying to cut the shell with a hand saw and take out the explosives when the explosion occurred, killing himself, four women and a child of his family," the official said.

Two other children were injured in the blast, the official said.

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