Bomb kills eight Shiites in Pakistan

PESHAWAR: A roadside bomb yesterday killed eight people including three women and a child in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, in the latest attack apparently targeting Shiite Muslims. The improvised explosive device exploded in the Shiite-dominated Maqbal area of Kurram tribal district 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 said. He said officials were struggling to identify the mutilated victims but initial evidence suggested all the passengers were Shiite Muslims. A local intelligence official confirmed the incident and casualties. Upper Kurram has been the scene of several bomb attacks targeting Shiite Muslims in the past. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but mainly Sunni Muslim Pakistan has frequently been hit by sectarian violence in recent years. Sunni militant groups linked to Al-Qaeda and the Taleban often attack Shiites, who make up some 20 percent of the population.— AFP

This article was published on 30/01/2018