07/22/2010 04:35 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Taliban Commander Accidentally Kills Himself Making A Bomb

(AP) KHAR, Pakistan - A government official says a local Taliban commander and his aide died when a bomb they were constructing in the militant chief's home in northwestern Pakistan exploded.

Syed Ghafoor, a local official, says Thursday's blast in the Bajur tribal region also wounded several members of commander Irshad Khan's family.

He says Khan was behind several attacks on troops in the region and had contacts with top Taliban leaders in nearby North and South Waziristan.

The military has twice declared victory in Bajur against Taliban and al-Qaida fighters over the past 18 months, but militant attacks have continued in the area.