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  • At least 25 killed in northwest Pakistan market blast

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    A suicide bomb attack on a crowded festival and market in northwest Pakistan killed at least 25 people on Friday and wounded 20, a government official said.

    A bomb hidden in a carton of vegetables ripped through a crowded marketplace during the regular Friday bazaar in Kalaya, a town in a Shiite-dominated area of Orakzai tribal district, officials said.

    Reuters reported that a suicide bomber drove a motorcycle into a crowd of people from different religious communities before detonating his explosives.

    The Geo television news channel puts the casualties at 30 killed and over 40 injured.

    The blast occurred at around the same time that three attackers tried to storm the Chinese consulate in the southern city of Karachi. Two policemen and the three attackers were killed.

    The Karachi attack was claimed by a separatist insurgent group called the Balochistan Liberation Army.

    No group claimed responsibility for the attack in Orakzai. The two attacks do not appear to be connected.

     

     

     

     

    Abbas Khan, the assistant commissioner of the district, said that among the 25 dead were three members of the minority Sikh community and two security officials.

    Geo TV quoted local sources as saying that three children were among those killed in the blast.

    Orakzai was formerly a semi-autonomous part of Pakistan’s ethnic Pashtun tribal area along the Afghan border.

    The region was for decades a refuge for Islamist militants fighting in Afghanistan, and more recently against the Pakistani state.

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