Islamabad: At least 16 people were injured as
a bus with members of the minority Shia community was targeted
with a roadside bomb in the restive Kurram tribal region of
northwest Pakistan on Friday, officials said.
The explosive device was triggered by remote control in
Parchar Khel area of Kurram Agency, Political Agent Shahab Ali
Shah told reporters.
The bus was going from Parachinar, the main town in the
semi-autonomous tribal region, to Peshawar, the capital of
The injured were taken to a nearby hospital.
Security personnel cordoned off the area and launched a
search operation but were unable to make any arrests.
Kurram Agency, which has a sizeable Shia population, has
been wracked by sectarian violence over the past four years.
Hundreds have died in fighting between rival Sunni and
Two persons were killed and 20 more injured when a bus was
targeted with a roadside bomb in Kurram Agency on March 12.