Child killed in Pak landmine blast
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 14:09
Peshawar: A landmine went off in a village in Pakistan's restive tribal belt along the Afghan border today, killing a child.

The explosion occurred in Khumatti village in Kurram tribal region. The minor son of a tribal elder died in the blast, officials said.

Kurram tribal agency has been rocked by sectarian tensions over the past few years. Scores have died in clashes between Shias and Sunnis and the situation has been exacerbated by the presence of a sizeable number of Taliban militants, who have backed the Sunni tribesmen.

The region is virtually cut off from the rest of Pakistan and the road linking Parachinar, the headquarters of Kurram, to Peshawar is controlled by militants at several points.

There have been several incidents of killing and abduction in the area over the past few months.

A recent suicide attack on a convoy of civilian vehicles on the Parachinar-Peshawar road has disrupted transport links.

Local residents now travel to other parts of Pakistan via Afghanistan.


First Published: Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 14:09

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