Bomb on passenger coach kills seven in Pakistan: Officials

A bomb blast on a passenger coach in northwest Pakistan on Thursday killed at least seven people and wounded another six, police said.

Islamabad: A bomb blast on a passenger coach in northwest Pakistan on Thursday killed at least seven people and wounded another six, police said.

The bomb was planted beneath a passenger seat and exploded in the outskirts of Peshawar, the region`s main city, while the bus was en route to the town of Hangu.

"At least seven people have been killed and six wounded, the bomb was planted under a seat," senior police official Najeeb Ur Rehman told AFP.

The motive of the attack was yet not clear but police said they suspected a sectarian motive in a region known for Sunni-Shiite violence.

Syed Jameel Shah, a spokesman for Peshawar`s main Lady Reading Hospital, confirmed the death toll.

Peshawar is the gateway to the seven semi-autonomous tribal regions where the military has been battling Islamist militants for more than a decade.

The army launched a major operation in June to destroy 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.
 

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