Published: Wed, April 26, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

10 people martyred, 8 injured in Kurram landmine blast

10 people martyred, 8 injured in Kurram landmine blast

A search operation was also conducted. "A woman died on the spot while other passengers sustained injuries in the roadside explosion", an official of the political administration of Kurram Agency said.

The violence sparked protests by local residents in Parachinar, the administrative headquarters of the agency.

"Our target was the Shia community and census team in the area", said Asad Mansur, the spokesman.

Pakistan began a long-awaited push to clear insurgent bases from North Waziristan in June 2014 after a bloody Taliban attack on Karachi airport finally sank faltering peace talks.

Officials said the injured were airlifted to Peshawar for further treatment.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

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The injured soldiers were later airlifted in a military helicopter and taken to the army-run hospital in Miranshah military camp.

Six children were among 10 people killed yesterday when Taliban militants in Pakistan's northwest tribal region targeted a passenger van with a remote-controlled bomb.

Another attack at the town's vegetable market in January killed at least 20 people.

Shahid Ali Khan, a senior regional Pakistani official, told Reuters militants planted a roadside bomb in the Kurram Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

This area, however, had no increased security, according to local official Majidullah.

Pakistan began the second round of a countrywide population census on Tuesday, with more than 84,000 census workers dispatched to 87 districts across the country.

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