Bomb targeting security forces kill 8 in Pakistan

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KHAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani security officer who was given a presidential award for his role in fighting the Taliban has been killed along with seven other people in a bomb blast near the Afghan border.

Government administrator Abdul Haseeb said the slain officer Fazal Rabi was working for Bajur's tribal police force.

He was standing near a checkpoint in the northwestern town of Khar when the blast occurred Friday. It also wounded 10 civilians and officers.

Rabi had been awarded a presidential award for his bravery in 2011.

No group claimed responsibility. But the Pakistani Taliban have carried out similar attacks in the past.

Khar is the main town in the Bajur tribal region, where Pakistan has carried out operations against local Taliban.