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Four Killed in Khyber Bombings

by AFP
File Photo. Asif Hassan—AFP

File Photo. Asif Hassan—AFP

Consecutive explosions targeted paramilitary troops in Khyber Agency.

Two bombings killed four people on Tuesday in the Khyber Agency where the Army is fighting militants, officials said.

The bombs went off at Painda Cheena village, where the Army is mounting an operation against the Taliban and other Islamist insurgent groups.

In the first bombing two paramilitary soldiers and a civilian were killed, while the second blast, at the same place, killed another civilian during rescue work. “Two paramilitary soldiers and a peace committee member were killed after a bomb planted on a roadside exploded,” said a security official. “After some time a second bomb exploded when people were busy in rescue work. The second blast killed a local tribesman and wounded two paramilitary soldiers.”

Local government official Tayyab Ali confirmed the casualties. No group immediately claimed responsibility.

More than 150,000 people have fled from Khyber since Pakistan’s military launched an operation in the district in October. Militants had taken sanctuary there after fleeing strongholds in North Waziristan, where the military launched a large-scale offensive in mid-June.

More than 1,100 militants and 100 soldiers have been killed since the start of the North Waziristan offensive, and more than 100 militants have surrendered, according to the Army.

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