An IED in the Shagni area detonated as a passenger van passed by it.
At least seven people were killed and another seven injured after a Parachinar-bound passenger van hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Shagni area of Kurram Agency on Tuesday morning.
The Datsun pick-up truck was traveling to Parachina from Khomosa. The IED detonated shortly after it entered Shagni, according to the political administrator. “Four people died on the spot while three others succumbed to their injuries on the way to hospital,” said Assistant Political Agent Maqsood Hassan. “Among the seven injured, two are in critical condition.”
The bodies of the injured and deceased have been shifted to hospital in Parachinar. The attending physician confirmed that seven people had died. “We received seven bodies and seven injured,” he said.
Kurram Agency is one of the seven tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. Its capital Parachinar is plagued with sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni Muslims. An intelligence official alleged this attack might be sectarian because the van was transporting Sunni Muslims through a Shia area when the IED exploded. However, the political administrator claimed it was unlikely this attack was sectarian. “This incident has nothing to do with sectarianism. It is an act of terrorism,” said Hassan.