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Suicide bombers attacked a military checkpost in Pakistan's troubled northwest on Saturday, killing 13 soldiers and 11 civilians, officials said, in an assault claimed by the Taliban.

"Thirteen security personnel and 11 civilians were killed in the attack," a security official said of the raid which happened around 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Another official said that the civilians were killed when one of the suicide bombers ran into a house as security forces attempted to repel the attackers from the checkpost.

"A suicide bomber entered a nearby house in a residential colony of the irrigation department and blew himself up. Four children, three women and four men were killed there," Nisar Ahmed, a senior government official, told AFP.

He said four houses were also damaged in the attack.

"The explosion damaged four houses in the colony. Civilians who were killed in the attack were residents of these houses," he said.

The security official said that eight soldiers were injured also.

The attack was on a joint checkpost of the Pakistan army and a paramilitary force in the Sarai Norang area of Lakki Marwat district, close to the semi-autonomous tribal belt infested with Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

"We sent only four suicide bombers to attack this checkpost. We attacked it to avenge the killing of two of our friends in a recent drone strike," Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), told AFP by phone.

"The Pakistan army and security forces provide assistance to the US for drone strikes. So, we are taking revenge for their cooperation with the US."

It comes a day after a suicide bomber targeted a Shiite Muslim mosque in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing 24 people and wounding up to 55 as worshippers poured out of weekly prayers, officials said.

The bomber detonated explosives packed into a motorcycle in a narrow lane containing both the Shiite and a Sunni Muslim mosque in the town of Hangu, the latest bloody sectarian attack in a country where such violence is on the rise.

Pools of blood and pieces of human flesh littered the street after the attack, which also destroyed at least five nearby shops, witnesses said.

"It was a suicide attack which targeted Shiites but Sunni Muslims also fell victim since their mosque and some shops were also very close to the site," district police chief Mian Muhammad Saeed told AFP.

"We have found the head of the bomber, who came there on a motorbike," he said, putting the death toll at 24 with up to 55 others wounded.

Police said the bomb exploded as Shiites were leaving Friday prayers and Sunnis were going into their mosque for the main weekly sermon.

Hangu has long been a flashpoint for violence against minority Shiites, who make up an estimated 20 percent of Pakistan's population of 180 million.

The town is close to Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt on the Afghan border where Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants have carved out strongholds.

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