9 killed, 23 injured in Bajaur market blast

Published: July 26, 2012
Market owned by former ANP MNA and current PML-N leader comes under attack in the Salarzai area. PHOTO: AFP

Market owned by former ANP MNA and current PML-N leader comes under attack in the Salarzai area. PHOTO: AFP

KHAR: At least nine people were killed and 23 injured as a result of a blast in the Pashat market of Salarzai area in Bajaur Agency on Thursday.

The market is owned by Shahabuddin Khan, a former Awami National Party (ANP) MNA and currently a leader of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), said a local in Salarzai. He is considered to be pro-government.

According to a political administration official, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was planted in a vehicle which killed nine people and injured 23.

An eyewitness Ajmal Khan told the media that the bomb was fitted in a double cabin pick-up parked in the area.

The dead have been identified as Gulfaraz, Nizamuddin, Asfandiar, Taleem Khan, Waheedullah, Hina and Reshma.

The blast also destroyed two vehicles and four shops.

Administration officials and security forces rushed to the site and cordoned off the area after the blast.

An official at the Agency Headquarters Hospital in Khar told The Express Tribune that among those killed were two children, and that 22 injured had also been brought to the hospital.

Three of the injured were reported to be in critical condition and were shifted to Peshawar for further treatment.

The official said that there was a possibility that the number of casualties might rise. “They are all civilians and there is no security officer there.”

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

The Salarzai are a pro-government tribe and have been on the hit list of militants for a long time.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Yaida M
    Jul 26, 2012 - 10:40AM

    The festive season always brings out violence in Pakistan. Don’t know why.


  • Asef
    Jul 26, 2012 - 11:02AM

    @Yaida M:
    [email protected] Because this is land of pure.


  • Asef
    Jul 26, 2012 - 11:03AM

    @Yaida M: Because this is land of pure


  • amalgam
    Jul 26, 2012 - 11:14AM

    happy ramadan


  • amused
    Jul 26, 2012 - 11:28AM

    i think this is the TTP taking revenge from Burma


  • Faysal
    Jul 26, 2012 - 11:31AM

    This month is supposed to be the month of peace, what kind of muslims kill other muslims in this month? only anarchists and they are the worst sinners in Islam.


  • Salarzi
    Jul 26, 2012 - 12:00PM

    9 dead .. 23 injured. Please update


  • tfsindhu
    Jul 26, 2012 - 12:03PM

    Very very unfortunate.


  • Enlightened
    Jul 26, 2012 - 1:01PM

    They were not Muslims but Indians sent by RAW to destabalise Pakistan.


  • Jamshed Gill
    Jul 26, 2012 - 2:45PM

    This is so sad but no religious party will condemn this as they think this lawful in response to NATO and US Drone attacks. Shame on us, what a criteria for justifying things. May God have mercy on our homeland. Amen


  • Aby
    Jul 26, 2012 - 3:05PM

    @ Enlightened
    Indians are the best spies in the world. They never get caught doing such things


  • Aryabhat
    Jul 26, 2012 - 6:58PM

    And Pakistan is preaching Burma to protect Muslims !


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