Suicide bomber kills 19 in Pakistan

Last Updated: Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 00:21

Peshawar: A suicide bomber struck a
vehicle carrying Pakistani security personnel in the restive
Khyber tribal region on Wednesday, killing 19 people, including
eleven security personnel.

The teenage bomber, who was on foot, was hiding in a
roadside market in Jamrud sub-division of Khyber Agency.

He detonated his explosive jacket when the vehicle was
passing the area, witnesses said.
Eleven personnel of the Khasadar militia, including an
officer, and eight civilians were killed by the blast.

Three tribal elders were among the civilians who died.
A dozen people, most of them security personnel, were injured.

Some seriously injured persons were taken to the North
West Frontier Province capital of Peshawar, located about five
kilometres away.

Officials said the officer who was killed in the
attack had received threats from militants as he had conducted
successful operations against rebels in recent months.

The officer, Zarmat Khan, was nominated for a
gallantry medal that was scheduled to be awarded to him on
March 23.

Local residents said traffic on the Pakistan-
Afghanistan highway was suspended after the attack. Security
forces cordoned off the site of the blast and launched a
search operation.

The vehicle of the Khasadar force and three others
cars were destroyed by the explosion.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Several militant groups, including the Tehrik-e-Taliban
Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Islam, are active in the Khyber Agency
which borders Afghanistan.

Militants in the Khyber Agency regularly attack
tankers and trucks ferrying oil and supplies to US and NATO
forces in Afghanistan.


First Published: Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 00:21

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