Taliban kills 14 people, including women and children in Pakistan's northwest tribal belt

Peshawar: Taliban militants on Tuesday targeted a mini bus with a remote-controlled bomb in Pakistan's restive northwest tribal region, killing at least 14 people including four women and two children.

The improvised explosive device (IED) blast targeted the van in Kontara village in central Kurram Agency.

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

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Fourteen people, including four women and two children, were killed in the blast, officials said.

Thirteen people were injured in the explosion. The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital.

The military's media wing, Inter Services Public Relations, said a special Mi-17 helicopter has been sent to Kurram Agency headquarters Parachinar to bring the injured to Peshawar for treatment.

Security personnel rushed to the blast site and cordoned off the entire area. A search operation was also conducted.

Last month, at least 28 people were killed and 100 others wounded when a suicide bomber detonated a car "rigged with explosives" outside a Shiite imambargah in a busy market in Parachinar, the main town of the Kurram tribal region.

The grisly violence had sparked angry protests by residents in Parachinar, the administrative headquarters of the agency, which is prone to sectarian violence.

Updated Date: Apr 25, 2017 18:46 PM

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