Wednesday, July 18, 2012

10 killed, 6 injured as passenger van hit by bomb in NW Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, July 18 (Xinhua) -- At least ten people were killed and six others injured when a passenger van was hit by a bomb in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Orakzai on Wednesday morning, reported local Urdu TV channel Express.

According to the local media reports, the blast took place at about 7:00 a.m. local time when a passenger van carrying an estimated 20 people on board was hit by a remote-controlled bomb planted by the roadside while on its way from Orakzai to Kohat, a neighboring district to the south of Orakzai.

Located in northwest Pakistan, Orakzai is the only one out of the seven tribal areas in the country, that does not border Afghanistan.

Initial reports said that the bomb was planted inside the van, but later most of the local media reported that it was a roadside planted bomb that hit the van.

The van was hit by the bomb in the Spaey area, a place in the border area between Orakzai and Kohat.

All the killed are closely related relatives, said local media, adding that the injured people have been shifted to a nearby military hospital.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

2012-07-18 10:37:30

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