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Death toll from suicide car bomb attack on Pakistani soldiers in tribal region rises to 17

Officials say the number of soldiers killed from a car bomb attack on an army check post in Pakistan's northwest tribal region has risen to 17.

Intelligence officials say the vehicle exploded next to two tankers that were supplying fuel to troops in the North Waziristan tribal area. The blast set the tankers on fire and destroyed two residential army barracks.

The army said Sunday that 17 soldiers died. It initially said five were killed in the Saturday night bombing.

The intelligence officials said 34 soldiers and three civilians were wounded. Most of the soldiers who were killed were building roads in North Waziristan, the main sanctuary for Taliban and al-Qaida militants in Pakistan.

The officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to talk to the media.