Bomb kills 14 Pakistani relatives: officials
A bomb tore through a vehicle in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt today, killing 14 members of the same clan, including three children, officials said.world Updated: Jul 18, 2012 19:56 IST
A bomb tore through a vehicle in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt on Wednesday, killing 14 members of the same clan, including three children, officials said.
"It was a remote-controlled bomb planted on the road. The bomb exploded near a pick-up van carrying passengers," senior administration official Zakir Hussain told AFP of the incident in Sepoy village, Orakzai district.
Eight people were killed on the spot and six died in a state-run hospital in the nearby city of Kohat, Hussain said.
The dead included three women, two 11-year-old boys and a three-year-old girl, he said. All the victims were part of the same clan or same extended family.
"It was a militant attack, the aim was to create panic in the area by killing ordinary people," Hussain said.
Doctor Mohammad Naeem of Kohat District Hospital confirmed the toll and said that an 11-year-old boy with serious injuries was transferred to the northwestern capital of Peshawar for specialist care.
Orakzai is one of seven districts in Pakistan's tribal belt on the Afghan border that is home to Taliban and al Qaeda strongholds. Washington has dubbed the area the most dangerous region on Earth.