Bomb kills 6 anti-Taliban fighters in Pakistan

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KHAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani official says a bomb has killed six members of an anti-Taliban militia in a northwestern town close to the Afghan border.

Authorities in Pakistan have encouraged the formation of militias to counter the Taliban, but the militants have ruthlessly attacked the poorly equipped and disorganized tribal forces.

Government official Faramosh Khan says the anti-Taliban fighters were traveling in bus in the Bajur region when a remote control bomb exploded.

The Pakistani Taliban and allied extremists are strong across the northwest, especially in regions like Bajur where the state has little presence.

The army has carried out offensives against the militants who have carried out scores of attacks across Pakistan.