Bomb kills four

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Four peo­ple were killed in­clud­ing a sol­dier and two para­mil­i­tary troops when a bomb con­cealed in a plas­tic bag went off in Pak­istan’s north­west­ern tribal area near the Afghan border, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day. The in­ci­dent oc­curred in the Khy­ber district when se­cu­rity of­fi­cials spot­ted a sus­pi­cious plas­tic bag near a se­cu­rity check­point. Khy­ber is one of the seven semi-au­ton­o­mous tribal ar­eas where the army has for more than a decade been bat­tling mil­i­tants linked to the Tal­iban and Al-Qaeda. “As the se­cu­rity of­fi­cials were in­spect­ing the plas­tic bag, the bomb con­cealed in it went off, killing a solider, two para­mil­i­tary troops and a civil­ian,” a lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said, re­quest­ing anonymity. The in­ci­dent was con­firmed by other lo­cal se­cu­rity of­fi­cials. There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity. Vi­o­lence across Pak­istan has de­clined in re­cent years fol­low­ing a series of mil­i­tary of­fen­sives against in­sur­gents but the rem­nants of mil­i­tant groups are still able to carry out pe­ri­odic bloody at­tacks, par­tic­u­larly in the north­west.

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