10 killed, 13 injured in bomb blast in Pakistan's tribal belt

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A remote-controlled roadside bomb targeting a minibus killed at least 10 people and wounded several others in Kurram Agency on Tuesday, an official in the region said.

Jamaatul Ahrar, a splinter group of the outlawed Tehrik- e-Taliban Pakistan, had claimed responsibility for that bombing.

The injured were taken to the Tehsil Hospital in Sadda from where they were shifted to the Agency Headquarters Hospital in Parachinar, the main town in Kurram Agency.

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They said that the pickup was on its way to Sadda from Gudar when it struck the landmine, adding that injured were transported to the Civil Hospital Sadda.

"This area is in central Kurram - there is no increased security there", he said. On March 31, an attack on the territory caused 24 dead and more than 90 injured. It said through its spokesman that the attack targeted census workers and also Shias travelling in the van.

Pakistan, a mainly Muslim nation of about 190 million people, is conducting a nationwide census but militants have frequently targeted officials collecting the data.

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"Ten people were killed, including a woman and one child", Shahid Ali Khan, assistant political agent for Kurram Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), told Reuters. The Pakistani military reportedly sent a helicopter to evacuate some of the wounded to the key northwestern city of Peshawar.

In January, at least 21 people were killed in the same region when an explosion hit a vegetable market in Parachinar, located near the border with Afghanistan.

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