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Bombings and attacks claim 21 in Pakistan

Saturday proved deadly in both northern and southern Pakistan, with two bombings and a an attack on a coast guard post claiming 21 lives.

A suicide bomber attacked an anti-Taliban commander's compound in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 10 people, including children.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on a compound in the Spin Dal village owned by militant commander Mullah Nabi.

Nabi, once a close ally of a prominent Taliban commander, is now being targeted for having turned against the Taliban. Nabi was at the compound and survived the attack.

Elsewhere in the region, a roadside bomb exploded near a bus, killing three.

The bus bombing was conducted by the detonation of a remote-control device, officials said.

In the southwest, a coast guard camp in the port city of Gwadar came under attack by assailants, who killed eight.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the area is home to both Islamists and nationalists who have been fighting the government for greater autonomy for decades.

tm/rc (AP, AFP)