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Family of six killed in Pakistan grenade blast

world Updated: Apr 26, 2009 11:19 IST

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Six family members were killed and four others injured when a hand grenade exploded in a pick-up truck in a Pakistani tribal area near the Afghan border, officials said Sunday.

The incident took place late Saturday near Asar Madakhel village, around 45 kilometres (22 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town of the restive North Waziristan tribal district.

“I saw the bodies of husband, wife and their four children, and also four injured at the hospital,” local administration official Niaz Gul told AFP.

Gul said that the pick-up carrying passengers from the border village of Lawara Mandi was heading to Miranshah when the grenade exploded on board.

The lawless tribal areas of northwest Pakistan have been wracked by violence since hundreds of Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters sought refuge there after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan toppled the Taliban regime in late 2001.