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Suicide attack kills some 70 people in Pakistan: police

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Jan 1, IRNA -- A suicide bomber blew his explosives-packed car in a playground in Pakistan’s northwest Friday killing nearly 70 people, a regional police officer said.

The bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into the wall of the volleyball ground in Lukky Marwat district in North West Frontier Province, District Police Officer, Ayub Khan said.

Khan said that 39 people were killed and upto 100 others were injured in the deadliest attack when the people were witnessing a local volleyball match.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

The police officer suspected that Taliban militants may be behind the attack as people of the area cooperated with the security forces in recent operation.

Giving details of the incident the police officer said two local teams were playing a volleyball match when the bomber struck the spectators. He said a large number of people were watching the match at the time of the attack.

Khan said that the people and members of the peace committee of Shah Hasan Khel village, site of the bomb attack, had expelled militants from the area with the help of the security forces.

Shah Hasan Khel village, some 25 kilometers from Lukky city, was earlier considered to be the stronghold of the militants.

The police officer said that a house near the playground was also collapsed, burying several women and children.

Locals shifted the injured in private vehicles to main hospital in Lukky city and some were taken to Bannu, another man city in the region.

A member of the local peace committee, Mushtaq Marwat, said that members of the committee had received threats from several Taliban commanders in the nearby North Waziristan tribal region.

He said that the Taliban militants had warned the people to end contacts with the government.

Marwat also said that members of the peace committee were running short of money and weapons to deal with the Taliban threats and that the government did not help the people.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 872310



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