South Asia

Taliban chief and helper 'die making bomb' in Pakistan

Pakistani paramilitary troops in South Waziristan
Image caption Pakistan's army has twice claimed victory in Bajaur against militants in the past 18 months

A Taliban commander and his assistant died when a bomb they were assembling blew up, Pakistani officials say.

The militant leader, Irshad Khan, is suspected of several attacks on Pakistani soldiers in the region.

Several of Khan's family were wounded when the device exploded at his home in the Bajaur tribal region of north-western Pakistan, officials said.

The military has twice declared victory against militants in Bajaur over the past 18 months, but attacks continue.