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Pakistani protesters burn a representation of the U.S. flag during a rally to condemn U. S. drone attacks in Pakistani territory on Friday in Multan, Pakistan.
updated 4/23/2011 11:47:45 AM ET 2011-04-23T15:47:45

A police official says a suicide bombing has killed five people in a Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border.

Fazal Rabbi says the Saturday evening attack in the town of Salarzai targeted a convoy of Pakistani soldiers and elders from an anti-Taliban militia. The town is in the Bajur tribal area.

The police official says the dead included four members of the militia and a paramilitary soldier.

The attack took place several hours after the Pakistani army chief declared the "backbone" of the Islamist militants had been broken.

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