A powerful roadside bomb ripped through a car in Pakistan's northwest on Tuesday killing at least four people, police said.
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The blast badly damaged the car in a remote village in the northwest district of Lower Dir, where militancy has taken its roots.
"It was a remote control IED (improvised-explosive device) which exploded when the vehicle passed. Four people have been killed and two others were wounded," Salim Khan Marwat, police chief of the area, told AFP by phone.
"One of the dead was a 12-year-old boy. The car was attacked in Samar Bagh area, 60 kilometres (37 miles) northwest of Timergarah, the headquarters of Lower Dir district," he said.
Nearly 4,700 people have been killed across Pakistan in attacks blamed on Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked networks based in the country's tribal belt since government troops stormed a radical mosque in Islamabad in 2007.