Bomb attack at Pakistan bus stop kills six, injures 17

AFP| Updated: Oct 04, 2014, 16:06 PM IST

 

Islamabad: At least six people were killed and 17 others wounded when a bomb exploded at a bus stop in Pakistan`s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Saturday, officials said.

Officials said the bomb targeted a pick-up van used to transport passengers locally in Kohat city and surrounding villages.

"The blast occurred at a small bus stop in Kohat city. At least two vehicles were damaged in the explosion," Salim Khan Marwat, district police chief in Kohat, told a news agency.

"The explosion has left six people dead and 17 injured," he added.

Fazal Khaliq, head of the emergency department at Kohat`s main government hospital, also confirmed the toll.

In February, 12 people including two women and a child were killed in a bombing at the same bus stop.

It is the second attack on a passenger vehicle to hit northwest Pakistan in a week.

On Thursday, a bomb blast on a coach in the city of Peshawar killed at least seven people and wounded another six.

Pakistan`s northwest has been targeted for more than a decade by al Qaeda and Taliban-led militants based in the semi-autonomous tribal regions bordering Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Pakistan`s military launched a major operation in June to destroy the bases of the Taliban and other militants in the North Waziristan tribal area.

It says has killed more than a thousand militants and lost 86 soldiers since the start of the current operation.