Bomb blast targeting pro-government tribal elder kills 6 people in northwest Pakistan

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Police say a bomb blast targeting a pro-government tribal elder has killed six people in northwest Pakistan.

Police officer Fazal Naeem Khan says it's unclear whether the elder, Malik Habibullah Khan, is among those killed in the attack Monday, but his vehicle was damaged. The explosion in Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province also wounded 10 people.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but suspicion likely will fall on the Pakistani Taliban.

The Pakistani government has encouraged tribesmen in the northwest to form militias to fight against the Taliban. The militants have carried out many retaliatory attacks against these groups.