updated 8/28/2008 12:49:22 AM ET 2008-08-28T04:49:22

A bomb hit a van carrying prisoners in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least eight people, police said Thursday.

It was not immediately clear whether Thursday's attack on a bridge in the town of Bannu was carried out by suicide bombers, police official Jalil Khan said.

The dead included police officers and prisoners, but he could not provide a breakdown.

The violence comes a week after the threat of impeachment forced longtime U.S. ally Pervez Musharraf to resign as president. There have been a string of suicide bombings and gun attacks since then, especially in the volatile northwest.

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