Anti-tank mine kills 3 wedding guests in Pakistan: Officials
Last Updated: Friday, December 04, 2009, 21:22
Peshawar: A minibus carrying members of a wedding party struck an anti-tank mine in Pakistan's lawless tribal belt today, killing three people and wounding 15 others, officials said.

The blast hit in Chinari town, about 50 kilometres northwest of Ghalanai, the main town in Mohmand tribal region, which borders Afghanistan and has been the focus of a recent anti-Taliban operation.

"A vehicle carrying wedding guests hit an anti-tank mine, killing three people and wounding 15 others," top local administration official Amjad Ali Khan said to a news agency, saying the death toll may rise.

Rasool Khan, another senior administration official, confirmed the incident and said that security forces had recently conducted an operation against insurgents in the area, which he said had been successful.

Pakistan's military is currently engaged in offensives against Islamist militants across much of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which has been branded the most dangerous place on earth by Washington.

FATA has been plagued by instability and militancy for years, exacerbated in 2001 when a US-led invasion ousted the Taliban regime from Afghanistan, sending hundreds of Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants into the lawless region.


First Published: Friday, December 04, 2009, 21:22

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