Blast kills six family members in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt

Blast kills six family members in Pakistans northwestern tribal belt

Parachinar - It was unclear whether the blast was a landmine or a bomb planted by militants.

By Reuters

Published: Tue 30 Jan 2018, 10:47 AM

Last updated: Tue 30 Jan 2018, 12:54 PM

An explosion ripped through a car on Tuesday killing six members of a family driving to a Pakistan village to attend a funeral in the northwestern district of Kurram near the Afghanistan border, officials said.
It was unclear whether the blast was a landmine or a roadside bomb planted by militants, said local government official Akbar Iftikhar. Both the militants and the Pakistani military use landmines.
"Three women and three men died on the spot," he said.
One survivor was in a stable condition, said Doctor Mumtaz Hussain at a hospital in Parachinar, the main town in Kurram.
Kurram is one of the seven districts along the Afghan border in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which have long been home to local and foreign  militants.
The region has lately been the target of suspected US drone strikes, which mainly took out members of Haqqani militant network that is allied with Afghan Taleban and operates on both sides of the border.
The Haqqanis have been at the centre of the current tensions between the United States and Pakistan. Washington alleges that Islamabad supports the Haqqani militants, who attack the US and allied NATO troops in Afghanistan.

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