WFP temporarily halts relief distribution in NW Pak

Last Updated: Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 20:32

Peshawar: The World Food Programme has
temporarily halted its relief operations in Pakistan`s restive
northwest region following an attack at its aid distribution
centre in Bajaur by a burqa-clad female suicide bomber in
which 46 people were killed.

The UN agency said none of its staffers were among the

The WFP temporarily halted its relief operations in
the region following the attack. Footage on television showed
that the powerful blast had blackened the walls of the aid
centre and blown out its windows.

WFP spokesman Amjad Jamal said the agency would resume
the distribution of aid once the situation returns to normal.

UN chief Ban-Ki-moon said he was appalled at the
killing of innocent people in the "abhorrent" terrorist attack
at in Pakistan. Reacting to the incident, the United Nations
Secretary General condemned the act and conveyed his
condolences to the families of victims.

Around 36,000 internally displaced persons are being
provided relief by the WFP operation in the regio

Pakistan`s first woman suicide bomber yesterday
targeted the UN aid distribution centre in the volatile tribal
belt, killing 46 people and injuring over 70 others.

The bomber, who was clad in a burqa, lobbed a grenade
and then detonated her explosives when she was stopped at a
checkpoint near a World Food Programme centre in Khar, the
headquarters of Bajaur tribal region.


First Published: Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 20:32

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