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Dozens killed or wounded following blast in Khybar tribal area

By Sayed Jawad - Mon Dec 17 2012, 3:36 pm

Blast in Khybar tribal areaAt least 16 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after an explosion in Pakistan’s Khyber tribal area, officials say.

Pakistani television news channels broadcast pictures of wrecked cars and pick-up trucks damaged in the blast, which took place near rows of shops.

The attack occurred near the office of a senior government official but it was unclear if he was the target of the attack, the news channels reported.

More than sixty persons were reported wounded and fourty five of them were taken to Peshawar based Complex hospital where many have been reported to be in critical condition.

Sources also said that twenty one cars and seven shops were badly destroyed in the car bomb blast. The wounded persons were taken to Peshawar because of the lack of the facilities in Jamrud civil hospital, sources said.

In the meantime, in the southern city of Quetta, gunmen killed a provincial government spokesman and two police officers.

The attackers shot dead Khadim Hussain Noori on December 17 as he was parking his car in the capital of Balochistan Province.

The 56-year-old official was a Shi’ite Muslim. A local police chief told the AFP news agency that Noori was apparently targeted because of his religion.

The authorities say the gunmen killed two policemen and wounded a third as they sped away on a motorcycle.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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