Pakistani Taliban says behind deadly blast in tribal region

US plans steps against Pakistan

US plans steps against Pakistan

A local government official and five police personnel have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in Pakistan's volatile northwestern tribal area bordering Afghanistan.

He said a four-country group including Pakistan, China, the United States and Afghanistan could be expanded to include other countries with influence over the Taliban.

All the injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital in the area by rescue teams, said government resources.

Officials said the administrator of the Mamoond sub-district, Fawad Ali, was being driven to a border village to attend a traditional assembly of tribal elders when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.

The security forces cordoned off the entire area and started search operation to nab the culprits, it added.

Muhammad Khorasani, a spokesman of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Bajaur Agency has seen intense fighting between militants and security forces in the past.

However, a recent huddle of Pakistani diplomats in key world capitals had called for more careful approach towards ties with the U.S. and avoiding any confrontation with the country. Pakistani troops have for over a decade been battling militants in the region to curb insurgencies by the Takfiri terrorist groups of Taliban and al-Qaeda.