Bomb kills 2 people in northwest Pakistan

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KHAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A government official says a bomb has exploded outside a market in a Taliban stronghold in northwestern Pakistan, killing two people.

Tariq Khan, a local government administrator, says the apparent target of Friday's attack was a tribal elder who was a member of an anti-Taliban militia. He was killed, as well as a passer-by.

Khan says three people were also wounded in the blast in Salarzai town in the Bajur tribal area.

The military has conducted an offensive in Bajur, but attacks continue there.

The government has encouraged locals to set up militias to counter the Taliban, but many of the militia members have been killed by the militants.