Attacks on security checkpoints have increased in the province in recent months
A suicide bomber has killed at least 12 people in northwest Pakistan in an attack on a security checkpost, military officials said.
Monday's attack was near an army-run school in Kohat town in the North West Frontier Province, where armed men have made repeated attacks on security forces in recent months.
Major General Waheed Arshad, a Pakistani military spokesman, confirmed the attack on state televison. Army recruits were passing by the checkpost at the time of the attack, a military official said.
It was the third suicide attack aimed at the military since Friday, and came two days after Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani president, lifted a state of emergency, saying that a wave of violence had been stopped.Read More
Bomb attacks on the security forces have become a regular occurrence in the NWFP area.
The attack comes two days after President Pervez Musharraf lifted the state of emergency imposed in November.
He cited improved security and progress in the battle against militants as a main reason for ending it.
A military spokesman told the BBC that all those killed in the Kohat attack were soldiers. Four soldiers were also injured.
They were on their way back from a training course, he said, when they were targeted by the suicide bomber.
Police and army check posts are common targets.
One of the reasons President Musharraf gave for imposing emergency rule on 3 November was the need to strengthen the country's efforts in tackling extremists in the country.
On Saturday, in a televised address to the nation, he said one of the reasons he was now lifting the state of emergency was because there had been considerable gains in the fight against extremists.
He cited in particular the army's progress against militants in the Swat valley.
That is also in North West Frontier Province and has been the scene of a bloody conflict in recent months between army forces and Islamic militants.
Speaking of Swat, President Musharraf said the terrorists back had now been broken.Read More