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Six Killed In Bomb Attack In Northwest Pakistan

  • RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

A bomb has exploded at a bus station in volatile northwestern Pakistan, killing at least six people.

Police said the October 4 attack in the town of Kohat in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province also wounded 18.

The bomb struck a moving bus when hundreds of passengers were gathered at the station to leave for different locations to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

Also on October 4, local peace committee member Ashraf Khan was shot dead by unknown assailants in the province's Swat district. His two guards were wounded.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks, which come as the Pakistani military is pursuing a monthslong offensive aimed at clearing the North Waziristan tribal district of the Pakistani Taliban and other insurgent groups.

Meanwhile, a bomb exploded near a market in southwestern Pakistan, wounding at least seven people.

Police said on October 4 that the bomb was planted in a vehicle loaded with fruits parked along a road in the city of Quetta.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which appeared to target the vehicle in which Deputy Superintendent of Police Naeem Achakzai was traveling.

Quetta is the capital of mineral-rich Balochistan Province, which has been the scene of a low-scale insurgency for years.

Rebels often attack security forces and officials to pressure the government into allocating to the province more wealth from its natural resources.

Last month, a car bomb targeted a vehicle carrying soldiers from the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Quetta, killing at least three people.

With reporting by AP, dawn.com, and AFP
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