Child killed in Pak landmine blast

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 9, 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.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 14:09

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