KHAR, Pakistan – A government official says a roadside bomb has targeted an anti-Taliban tribal elder, killing him and his five aides in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border.
Local government official Fayyaz Khan said the attack Monday in Mamound saw a remote-controlled bomb explode as the elder's car passed by.
Khan says the elder, Malik Mohammad Jan, had been heading anti-Taliban efforts, which included expelling the militants' sympathizers from the area and demolishing and burning their houses.
The Pakistani Taliban consist of scores of local militant groups who have been waging a war on the state in a bid to overthrow the government and install their own harsh interpretation of Islamic law. They have killed tens of thousands of Pakistanis in their terror campaign.