Bomb kills seven people in Pakistan

June 3, 2014
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File photo taken on July 26, 2013 shows residents at the site of twin bomb explosions in Parachinar, the main town of Kurram tribal district/AFP
File photo taken on July 26, 2013 shows residents at the site of twin bomb explosions in Parachinar, the main town of Kurram tribal district/AFP

, PESHAWAR, June 3- At least seven people were killed and three wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday in a suspected sectarian attack, officials said.

The incident took place when a Datsun pick-up truck hit an IED near Parachinar, the main town of Kurram tribal agency which lies along the Afghan border and is a hotbed of both Taliban-linked and Sunni-Shiite violence.

“It was a roadside IED, four people died on the spot while three others died in the hospital,” Maqsood Hassan, a local government official told AFP.

An intelligence official confirmed the incident, adding that the vehicle was carrying people from a Sunni Muslim dominated area while the bomb was exploded in a Shiite area.

“Apparently it was a sectarian attack,” he said.

His account was also confirmed by a resident.

Kurram is frequently the scene of sectarian violence between Pakistan’s Sunni Muslim majority and Shiite minority.

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