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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Suicide Bombing Kills 8 in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Eight people were killed, including two children, when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a police outpost Sunday in Pakistan's Swat valley, the site of an ongoing military operation against militants loyal to a fugitive cleric.

The dead from the attack also included the bomber, three civilians and three policemen at the Nimgole post near Imam Dheri, the headquarters of pro-Taliban cleric Maulana Fazlullah, chief military spokesman Major General Arshad Waheed said.

Troops captured Fazlullah's compound on Thursday.

"There's nothing we could say about the perpetrators before investigating, but involvement by remnants of Fazlullah's militants can't be ruled out," said Amjad Iqbal, who is in charge of the media center at the Swat military command center, adding that several others were injured.

Waheed said militants were trying to strike back while on the run but that security forces were using all their resources to clear the area of them.

"Suicide attacks are something that are hard to avoid, but security forces in Swat are in control of the region, and the overall situation in Swat is pretty well under control," Waheed said.

Followers of Fazlullah had fended off security forces sent to reinforce the area's beleaguered police since July, but have been scattered by a major army operation begun last month.

n Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif now wants his party to take part in a January general election after failing to clinch a boycott pact with his rival Benazir Bhutto, party aides said on Sunday.

Sharif had hoped that fellow opposition leader Bhutto would join an alliance of parties seeking to isolate President Pervez Musharraf in protest of his declaration of emergency rule but now feels he has no choice but to participate.