Kurram landmine blast triggers strong condemnation

Geneva Matthews
April 26, 2017

At least ten people have been killed and more than a dozen others have been injured in a roadside bombing that targeted a minivan in a Shia-majority area of Pakistan's northwestern tribal region.

Last month, at least 28 people were killed and 100-plus wounded when a suicide bomber detonated a auto "rigged with explosives" outside an Imambargah in a busy marketplace in the main town of Kurram tribal region. The pickup ran over a landmine when explosion occurred and killed seven people including a woman and four personnel of Khasadar force.

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a faction of the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, or Pakistani Taliban, swiftly claimed the attack in a message sent to AFP.

Soon after the incident, locals rushed to the spot and shifted the injured to Agency Headquarters Hospital in Parachinar, the main town of Kurram.

The Kurram tribal area borders Ningarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, where on April 13 the United States dropped the largest nonnuclear bomb ever used in battle on what it claimed was a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State fighters.

"This area is in central Kurram - there is no increased security there", he said.

Two census workers were in the minibus, according to local media reports.

The same group claimed a vehicle bomb attack in the district in March that killed at least 22 people. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Major attacks this year include a bomb blast at a mosque that killed more than 20 people in March in Parachinar.

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