10 killed in Pakistan blast

Islamabad, Jan 19 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and over 20 injured in a bomb explosion in Pakistan’s Peshawar city on Tuesday.

The explosion took place near a security checkpost situated close to the Karkhano Market area which is the gateway to Peshawar from the tribal belt, Dawn online reported.

Most of the dead include personnel from the Khyber Khasadar Force, rescue sources said.

The blast also killed the Assistant Line Officer Nawabshah and president of the Tribal Union of Journalists Mehmoob Shah.

“Although the exact nature of the blast is being ascertained, it appears to be a suicide attack,” political agent Khyber Agency Shahab Ali Shah said.

An emergency has been imposed at Hayatabad hospital where the injured people have been transferred.

Khyber is part of Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal belt on the Afghan border. The area is known to have been a militant stronghold in the past.

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