Anti-tank mine kills 3 wedding guests in Pakistan: Officials

Last Updated: Friday, December 4, 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.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 4, 2009 - 21:22

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