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PublishDate: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:00

At Least 13 Killed at Market Blast in Pakistan

"The bomb exploded near a bus stand and the death toll has gone up to 13," Khan said revising an earlier figure of 11 fatalities.

At least 13 people were killed and 34 others were injured after a bomb planted in a pickup truck ripped through a market in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, and the death toll could rise, according to security and hospital officials.
The blast took place in the main bazaar of Landi Kotal in Khyber tribal district, local administration official Arshad Khan said.
"The bomb exploded near a bus stand and the death toll has gone up to 13," Khan said revising an earlier figure of 11 fatalities.
He said 37 people were wounded, 11 of whom were in serious condition and had been taken to Peshawar for treatment.
Irfan Ahmed, a doctor at the state run Landi Kotal Hospital, confirmed the casualties. "We have received over a dozen bodies," he said. The dead included two children aged nine and ten.
Six shops were gutted and several damaged in the blast, which also destroyed at least eight vehicles.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
One security official said a suicide bomber connected with the attack began wandering around the town shortly after the explosion.
Last week a bomb ripped through a passenger bus, killing 19 people, including seven women and a child, on the outskirts of Peshawar, the main city in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
It was the deadliest attack in months on Peshawar, which has long been a flashpoint for the insurgency. (QNA)

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