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Bomb kills policeman in NW Pakistan: police

A bomb planted in a manhole killed one policeman and wounded another in the restive northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday, police said.

A hidden remote controlled improvised explosive device went off as the two policemen were patrolling the city's Khazana suburb on foot, senior police official Shafiullah Khan told AFP.

"One policeman was martyred while another was wounded," he said.

Peshawar has a population of 2.5 million people and has long been on the frontline of violence blamed on an insurgency led by Taliban militants opposed to Islamabad's alliance with the United States.

Islamist militants have killed more than 4,900 people across Pakistan since government troops raided an extremist mosque in Islamabad in July 2007.

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