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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

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Bomb kills seven people in Pakistan

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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