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8 killed, 10 injured as blast hits vehicle in NW Pakistan

English.news.cn   2014-02-23 18:23:51

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- At least eight people were killed and 10 others injured as a bomb blast hit a vehicle near a police building in Pakistan's northwestern district of Kohat on Sunday afternoon, police said.

Identities of the victims were not known yet but police said the incident took place near the police office.

Inspector General Police of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Nasir Durrani said that the incident took place when a roadside bomb blast targeted a passenger Suzuki vehicle near the Peshawar Chowk area on the Hangu Road of the district.

Police and rescue teams rushed to the site and shifted the bodies and injured to the Liaquat Memorial Hospital of Kohat.

"The blast killed eight people besides injuring 10 others," Durrani said.

Hospital officials said that the death toll might further rise as some of the injured were reportedly in critical condition.

Police said around 5 kg of explosives was used in the blast that was detonated with a remote controlled device.

The explosion destroyed the vehicle completely besides damaging a passerby rickshaw.

This could be the retaliation of the series of operations by the Pakistan army against the Pakistani Taliban that killed dozens of the militants in the northwestern region of the country during last week after the failure of the peace talks between the Pakistan government and Taliban,

No group or militant organization has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Editor: chengyang
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