At least 10, including 6 children, killed in Kurram tribal region blast

10 killed in Kurram Agency passenger van blast

10 killed in Kurram Agency passenger van blast

A passenger van hit a landmine in Pakistan's Godar area of Kurram Agency on Tuesday, killing 10 passengers, which included children, and injuring eight others, among them two census workers, DawnNews reported. At least 13 people were also wounded in the deadly explosion.

Jamaatur Ahrar, a faction of the PakistanTaliban, has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the explosive device had been meant to target the Shia minority and workers in the area carrying out a population census.

The violence sparked protests by local residents in Parachinar, the administrative headquarters of the agency.

In Rawalpindi, a Defense Ministry spokesman said that an army helicopter had been sent to Parachinar to airlift the seriously wounded to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province.

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Officials said the injured were airlifted to Peshawar for further treatment.

"This area is in central Kurram - there is no increased security there", he said.

According to political administration officials, a passenger vehicle which was en route from Godar to Sadda.

The dead include four women and two children; several others are injured.

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Both blasts were claimed by the Pakistani Taliban militant Islamist group.

For over a decade, Pakistan has been fighting Islamic militants who have killed tens of thousands of people.

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. In March, a bomb blast at a mosque killed more than 20 people in the Shia-majority town.

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