Tense times: Pakistani troops keep watch near the town of Swat on the Afghan border.
The Taliban, which sponsored al-Qaida, is alive and well on both sides of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan and, following last week’s Red Mosque showdown in Pakistan, pro-Taliban militants are retaliating by breaking a 10-month truce and unleashing violence in the country’s northern region.
In the city of Dera Ismail Khan ... at least 26 people died in a blast at a police recruitment centre.
More than 30 were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up among young men waiting to take a police recruitment exam.
On Saturday, a suicide attack on an army convoy near the village of Daznary, about 50km (30 miles) north of Miranshah, killed 24 and wounded at least 30.
The area is well-known as a stronghold of pro-Taleban militants, police said.