Car bomb kills 19 near government offices in Khyber Agency
[Times Of India.India Times] At least 19 people were killed and 74 injured when a powerful boom-mobile went
kaboom! close to government offices in Jamrud town of Pakistain's northwestern Khyber tribal region on Monday. The kaboom follows a deadly Taliban assault on the airport in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
over the weekend which left 15 people dead, 10 of them attackers, underlining the strength of Death Eaters in the country's restive tribal regions and adjoining areas.
Monday's car kaboom, according to officials, used an estimated 90 pounds of explosives. Intelligence officials said explosives were packed into a Suzuki Alto car and detonated through a remote device. Bloodied pieces of human flesh littered the blast scene, along with blood-stained clothes, school books, children's shoes and mangled metal. The blast destroyed at least 20 vehicles and 17 shops.
"Nineteen people were killed in the blast. Fourteen bodies were brought to this hospital while three people died of their wounds on way to hospital in Peshawar," said Dr Sameen Jan Shinwari at Khyber Agency's hospital in Jamrud.
"Four women were among those killed and they were all Afghans," Shinwari said. "At the moment we're not in a position to tell what exactly was the motive behind the attack," said Khyber region's top administrative official Mutahir Zeb. No one has grabbed credit for the attack, but security officials believe that a pro-government Zakakhel tribe could have been the target. Members of this tribe have been targeted by Taliban earlier as well.
Posted by: Fred 2012-12-18