Pakistan: 8 people killed, 20 injured in Bajaur blast

A bomb tore through a busy market in Bajaur on 26JUL12, killing at least nine people, including two children, near the Afghan border, officials said.

Twenty others were wounded when the device, planted in a pick-up truck, exploded in Pasht bazaar of Salarzai in Bajaur district, one of the toughest battlegrounds in Pakistan’s fight against the Taliban in the northwest.

“There are nine bodies and 20 wounded brought to hospital,” Doctor Khalilur Rehman told AFP.

Two children aged eight and 13 were among the dead and four children aged five to 11 were among the injured, he said.

A government official had earlier put the death toll at five.

Nobody claimed the responsibility for the bombing, but the Taliban have carried out several attacks against Salarzai tribesmen for forming pro-government militias and supporting military operations.

According to an AFP tally, around 5,000 people have been killed in militant attacks across the country since July 2007, when government troops raided an extremist mosque in the capital Islamabad, sparking a bloody insurgency.

The military conducted major anti-Taliban offensives in Bajaur in August 2008 and February 2009, and has repeatedly declared the district secure.

(4MAY12 – Twenty-six people, among them two security officers, were killed and 75 others injured  when a teenage suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded bazaar in Khar, the main town of Bajaur tribal region. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. TTP spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan told reporters from an unidentified place: `Our target was the chief and deputy chief of the Bajaur Levies force.’ The two officials were involved in the killing of Al Qaeda leader Sheikh Abu Marwan Asouri in Bajaur a few years ago.

The 4MAY12 blast was the deadliest bombing in the country since Feb 17 when 31 people were killed in a suicide attack in the Kurram Agency. DAWN 5MAY12)


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