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Pakistani lawyers protest court bombing that killed 7

  • Pakistani soldiers cordon off the area of suicide bombing in Charsadda, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Police say three suicide bombers have attacked a courthouse in northwestern Pakistan. Charsadda police chief says one of the bombers detonated his suicide vest at the court's main gate while police shot and killed the two other assailants. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    Pakistani soldiers cordon off the area of suicide bombing in Charsadda, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Police say three suicide bombers have attacked a courthouse in northwestern Pakistan. Charsadda police chief says one of the bombers detonated his suicide vest at the court's main gate while police shot and killed the two other assailants. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pakistani soldiers stand alert outside a courthouse following suicide bombing in Charsadda, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Police say three suicide bombers have attacked a courthouse in northwestern Pakistan. Charsadda police chief says one of the bombers detonated his suicide vest at the court's main gate while police shot and killed the two other assailants. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    Pakistani soldiers stand alert outside a courthouse following suicide bombing in Charsadda, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Police say three suicide bombers have attacked a courthouse in northwestern Pakistan. Charsadda police chief says one of the bombers detonated his suicide vest at the court's main gate while police shot and killed the two other assailants. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bodies of alleged militants killed in an operation by security forces are tended to by workers from the Chhipa Welfare Association, at a mortuary, in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Rao Anwar, a police official in Karachi, said eight Taliban-linked militants were killed in the raid. Pakistan said it will send paramilitary forces to crack down on Islamic militants in the Punjab province, a move that the ruling party of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had long rejected because of opposition among his Islamist supporters. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

    Bodies of alleged militants killed in an operation by security forces are tended to by workers from the Chhipa Welfare Association, at a mortuary, in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Rao Anwar, a police official in Karachi, said eight Taliban-linked militants were killed in the raid. Pakistan said it will send paramilitary forces to crack down on Islamic militants in the Punjab province, a move that the ruling party of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had long rejected because of opposition among his Islamist supporters. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)  (The Associated Press)

Lawyers in northwestern Pakistan are boycotting court hearings in protest after a suicide bombing targeted a courthouse the previous day, killing 7 people.

Munib Khan, a member of the regional lawyers' association says Wednesday's protest seeks to force the government to make courts more secure.

A Taliban splinter group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, claimed the bombing on Tuesday in the northwestern town of Tangi in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, bordering Afghanistan.

The attack was the latest in a wave of militant assaults in the country that has killed over 125 since last week, including a shrine bombing claimed by Islamic State group, which killed 90.

The bombings have prompted a countrywide crackdown by security forces targeting militants and their hideouts.

Pakistan has been at war with Islamic militants for more than a decade.