Seven killed in blast at camp for displaced persons in Pakistan

At least seven people were killed and 17 others injured on Sunday in a blast at a camp for people displaced by fighting between militants and security forces in northwest Pakistan's restive tribal region, police said.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 28, 2014, 21:15 PM IST

Islamabad: At least seven people were killed and 17 others injured on Sunday in a blast at a camp for people displaced by fighting between militants and security forces in northwest Pakistan's restive tribal region, police said.

The blast occurred at a local market of makeshift Khawja Muhammad camp near Hangu city, where people displaced from Orakzai and Kurram tribal district were being put up.

Police said explosives were planted in a motorcycle and were triggered by a remote control device.

An official of Hagnu district police office said the identities of those killed were not known.

"Seven people were killed and another 17 injured," he said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to media.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but Taliban has often targeted civilians and security forces in the region.

The camp was set up in 2010 when Pakistani army launched an operation against militants in Orakzai and Kurram region, but now people displaced by another operation in North Waziristan were also being put up in the camp.

President Mamnoon Hussain strongly condemned the attack. Expressing his deep sympathies with the bereaved the President called upon the concerned to ensure provision of best medical assistance to the injured.

The President also prayed for courage of the bereaved families to bear their losses with fortitude.