Five soldiers among 16 killed in bomb attacks
15 February, 2013
PESHAWAR: Three separate bomb attacks in northwest killed at least 16 people on Thursday, including five security personnel in a suicide blast at a checkpoint, officials said.
A bomber detonated a pickup truck loaded with explosives at a checkpoint in Hangu district, local police spokesman Fazal Naeem told AFP. "At least seven people have been killed and 23 injured. It was a suicide attack, the death toll may rise" he said. Mian Saeed, police chief for Hangu district, said five security personnel were among the seven dead.
Earlier in the day a roadside bomb struck a bus carrying members of a pro-government militia from the tribal district of Khyber. The explosion in the village of Hassanzo in the neighbouring tribal district of Orakzai killed seven people and wounded 13, officials said. "According to initial information, the van was hired by a local peace committee from Khyber and 20 members of the peace committee were on board together with the driver," top Orakzai administration official Mehmood Hasan told AFP.
In a second attack in the same place, a van carrying civilians was hit by a blast which killed two people and wounded 10, Hasan said. Security officials confirmed the attacks and the death toll.