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- Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - From Print Edition


MIRANSHAH: Residents suffered hardships as curfew clamped in North Waziristan Agency continued for third consecutive day in the volatile tribal region on Monday.Also, the government has suspended some papers of the ongoing SSC examination in North Waziristan due to curfew.


The local administration had clamped curfew in the entire tribal region after a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a roadside military checkpoint and killed 18 soldiers and four tribesmen in Esha area, 12 kilometers east of agency headquarters Miranshah.


All roads and markets, educational institutions and government offices remained closed for third consecutive day.Also, traffic remained off the roads in the tribal region while hundreds of vehicles carrying goods to North Waziristan and Afghanistan stranded in Bannu.


Similarly, the Pak-Afghan border has been closed and hundreds of trucks and containers are stranded on the Afghan border and waiting for the curfew to end so that these enter Pakistan.