10 killed as landmine blast hits van carrying census workers in Kurram

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PARACHINAR: A remote-controlled roadside bomb targeting a minibus killed at least 10 people and wounded several others in Kurram Agency on Tuesday, an official in the region said.

“Ten people were killed, including a woman and one child,” Shahid Ali Khan, assistant political agent for Kurram Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), told Reuters.

Khan said the militants planted a roadside bomb in Kurram Agency, close to the Afghanistan border.

“When the passengers were coming, they detonated the remote-controlled bomb,” he said.

A special military MI-17 helicopter has been sent to Parachinar to bring the injured to Peshawar for treatment, the ISPR said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Shahid Ali Khan, assistant political agent for Kurram Agency, told Reuters militants planted a roadside bomb in the Kurram Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

“Among them is a baby and another nine-year-old child. Two women were also killed,” Doctor Mujahid Khan, a senior health official in the district told AFP.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office said the premier had “directed relevant authorities to extend maximum support for treatment of the injured”.

Initial reports suggested that only one woman was killed in the attack, but the death toll quickly climbed to 10 after the injured succumbed to their wounds.

Census workers have been the target of many attacks since the national enumeration exercise kicked off on March 15.

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