Pakistan suicide bomb attack kills 40, 72 injured

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Islamabad, Dec 25: When the world celebrated Christmas on Saturday, Dec 25, Pakistan experienced a massive suicide bomb attack. At least 40 people were killed and 72 others were injured as per the report so far.

A vast number of people gathered at the UN agency's food distribution centre when the attacker detonated a suicide vest.

A government hospital official reported after the attack, "I myself have counted 40 bodies but the death could rise as several wounded people are in critical condition."

Geo News channel claimed that the suicide attack was carried out by a woman though this could not be independently confirmed.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. Authorities usually blame the Taliban for such bombings.

The World Food Programme had set up the centre to distribute food aid to people affected or displaced by an anti-Taliban operation launched by security forces in Bajaur tribal agency.

The injured were taken to the region's state-run hospital, where authorities declared an emergency.

Witnesses said security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation.

Reports said that up to 1,000 people received food every day at the distribution centre at Khar, the headquarters of Bajaur.

The security forces had launched a major ground and air offensive against the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in Bajaur in 2008.

OneIndia News
(With inputs from PTI)

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