Jun 16

Khyber Agency blast in 25 killed

At least 25 people have been killed in blast in Landi Kotal area of Khyber Agency.Khyber Agency blast

A car bomb ripped through a market area in a northwest Pakistan tribal town near the Afghan border on Saturday, killing 25 people including three children, officials said.

“The death toll is 25,” from the blast in the main bazaar of Landi Kotal in Khyber tribal district, local administration chief Mutahir Zeb told AFP, adding more than 50 people were injured, some of them seriously.

Hospital officials confirmed the toll.

Zeb said there were 18 bodies at the Landi Kotal hospital while seven of the injured died while being taken for treatment at Hayat Medical Complex (HMC) in Peshawar, the main town in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The dead included three children aged nine, 10 and 12, Zeb said.

Tauheed Zulfikar, a doctor at HMC, said: “We have received seven bodies.”

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Islamist militants have carried out several attacks in the area.