The United Nations says it is stopping long-term development work in northwestern Pakistan because of security concerns.

The U.N. says Monday's decision applies to Pakistan's tribal areas and the North West Frontier Province, areas where the Pakistani military has launched operations against militants.

The U.N. says it will focus on emergency, humanitarian relief, security operations and any other essential operations as advised by the U.N. secretary-general.

U.N. spokeswoman Amina Kamaal says the organization is still determining which programs will be suspended.

The decision follows a string of recent militant attacks in Pakistan, including a bombing of a U.N. office in Islamabad that killed five people.

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