Roadside bomb kills 8 in Kurram Agency


PARACHINAR -- A roadside bomb has killed eight people on Tuesday (January 30) in Kurram Agency, in the latest attack apparently targeting Shia Muslims.

The improvised explosive device exploded in the Shia-dominated Maqbal area as a van carrying nine people drove by.

Eight passengers, including three women and a seven-year-old boy were killed, senior local government official Basir Khan Wazir told AFP.

He said officials were struggling to identify the mutilated victims but that initial evidence suggested all the passengers were Shia Muslims.

A local intelligence official confirmed the incident and casualties.

Upper Kurram has been the scene of several bombings targeting Shia Muslims in the past.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack bore the hallmarks of militant groups linked to al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

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