Associated Press
In this Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, photo, Pakistani Army soldiers with the 20th Lancers Armored Regiment prepare for a patrol atop the 8000 foot mountain near their outpost at Kalpani Base in Pakistan's Dir province on the Pakistan-Afghan border. Five years after setting up an umbrella organization to unite a violent symphony of militant groups operating in Pakistan's tribal regions, the Pakistani Taliban is fractured, strapped for cash and losing the support of a local population that is frustrated by a protracted war that has forced thousands out of their homes, say analysts and residents of the area. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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A Taliban suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives Monday outside the home of a senior police officer tasked with cracking down on militants in Pakistan's largest city.

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