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Bomb kills 7, injures 20 in Pakistan's tribal region

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 26, IRNA -- A bomb blast at a marketplace in a Pakistani tribal region on Thursday killed at least seven persons, officials said.

The remote control blast in Bajaur tribal agency also injured nearly 20 more people, they said. Four injured were registered critical. Hospital sources said that two children were among the dead. The injured were transferred to a nearby hospital and critical patients were shifted to Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Officials said the device was placed at a shop at a busy bazaar in Pashat, a small town 15 kilometers from Khar, the agency's headquarters.

Local people launched relief operation and shifted the injured in their private vehicles. The security forces also arrived at the scene and helped the locals in relief operation. They also conducted a search operation in the area to apprehend facilitators of the blast.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack. The authorities blame Taliban for such attacks.

It was not clear as to who were targeted as most of those killed and injured were civilians. Taliban militants routinely target pro-government tribal elders in Bajaur and other tribal regions.

It is the second major attack on Bajaur tribal region in three months.

A suicide bomber had killed around 20 people, including security men, in a marketplace in May. Over 40 people were also injured in the attack.

Official data suggests that nearly 1000 tribesmen have been killed for siding with the security forces or spying for the United States over the past several years.

The security forces had conducted major operations against the militants in Bajaur in 2008-9 and cleared most of the area of them.

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Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80248445



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