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Khyber mortar strike kills women, children

Khyber mortar strike kills women, children

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May 11, 2012 - 15:07

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): Five people of a family were killed on Friday when a mortar shell hit their vehicle in Pakistaninfo-icon’s restive northwestern tribal region of Khyber near the Afghanistaninfo-icon border, officials said.

The mortar attack that left dead two womeninfo-icon and three children occurred in the Shalobar area of Bara sub-district, a political administration official told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity.

At least one person was wounded in the incident that  came during a clash between security forces and militants in the restive area, he said, adding that it was yet to be ascertained who had fired the shell.

Local reporter Javed Aziz said amid preparations for a looming military operation in the area, the family was migrating to a safer place. Many residents were leaving the sub-district, he added.

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