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Six Killed in Bajaur Blast

by Newsweek Pakistan
File Photo. Asif Hassan—AFP

File Photo. Asif Hassan—AFP

Improvised explosive device targeted school van, killing teachers and students.

Six people, including two women, were killed in Bajaur Agency on Tuesday morning after an improvised explosive device detonated near a passing school van.

“At least six people, including two female teachers, students between five and seven years old, and a driver were killed in the incident,” said a senior official of the political administration. He said the blast had been remote controlled and the explosives had been planted along the roadside. “The van was traveling to the local school,” he said, adding that this was an “act of terrorism” and the whole area is “under threat.”

He said security forces had cordoned off the area and the bodies of the deceased had been shifted to hospital in Khar. Hospital officials confirmed the death toll, saying they had received six bodies so far.

Military sources also confirmed the incident. “At 8:30 a.m., a remote controlled IED was detonated by terrorists who targeted a school van in the Salarzai area near Khar,” said a military official on condition of anonymity.

No terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the entire region has been under threat since the Pakistan Army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan to eradicate militants hiding in the tribal badlands. According to the military, over 600 militants have been killed since the operation launched on June 15, but the figures cannot be verified independently.

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