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55 killed, 130 injured in Pakistan blasts

55 killed, 130 injured in Pakistan blasts

Apr 04, 2011 - 17:52

ISLAMABAD(PANinfo-icon): At least six more people were killed and 30 others wounded when a suicide attacker exploded his explosives at a bus stand in the troubled Pakistaninfo-icon's northwest on Monday, taking the number of people killed in two days of violence to 55, police said.

The latest attack in Jandol area of upper Dir district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province came a day after 49 people were killed in suicide blasts outside a famous sufi shrine in Dera Ismail Khan town of the province.

Another 100 people were injured in the blasts on Sunday during the 942nd Urs of the sufi saint Syed Ahmad Sakhi Sarwar, 35 kilometres from the town. The dead included womeninfo-icon and children.

The defunct Tehrik-i-Talibaninfo-icon Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack that happened when hundreds of devotees from various parts of the country had thronged the shrine to attend the weeks-long Urs-cum-spring festivities in the remote town.

In Dir district on Monday, the suicide bomber blew himself up at a bus stand. Police said the attacker was a young boy and that his head had been found.

The attack left six people dead and another 30 wounded, Abdul Majeed, police official in the area, told Pajhwok Afghan News.  Some of the injured are said to be in a critical condition, he added.

A witness, Shahid, said the blast was so powerful that it jerked the entire area. He confirmed 30 people wounded in the blast were taken to hospital.

More than 50 vehicles at the stand were damaged in the explosion, the witness said.

Nearly 4,200 people have been killed in suicide attacks and bomb explosions in Pakistan, blamed on home-grown Taliban and other extremist networks, since 2007.



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