Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

10 killed in Pakistan bomb blast

The blast occurred in Kalaya, the main town in the Orakzai tribal area, of Pakistan

A bomb planted near a market in north-western Pakistan has killed 10 people and wounded 23 others, the latest in a series of attacks in recent months, government officials said.

The blast occurred in Kalaya, the main town in the Orakzai tribal area, said local government administrator Khaistan Akbar.

Orakzai is one of several areas in the semi-autonomous tribal region along the Afghan border where the military has been battling a domestic Taliban insurgency.

No group has claimed responsibility for the latest bombing but Taliban militants regularly target security forces and civilians in the area.

The blast occurred near government and security offices, according to another local administrator, Javed Khan. It damaged one of the shops in the market. Some of the wounded were in critical condition, he said.

The military has launched multiple operations against the Pakistani Taliban in the north-west since 2009 but the militants have proved resilient and continue to carry out attacks.

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