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Suicide Bombers Kill 32 At Refugee Site In Pakistan


Two suicide bombers have killed at least 32 people and injured 64 others in successive explosions at a UN registration point for displaced persons (UN OCHA) in northwest Pakistan.

The first blast at the Kacha Pukha registration point on the outskirts of the city of Kohat went off as some 300 people lined up to receive aid supplies. The second detonated as people gathered to help victims of the first explosion.

Commissioner of Kohat District Khalid Omarzai told RFE/RL that he suspects sectarian motives for the attack.

Omarzai said "threats were received before" and that the same area was attacked six months ago by a suicide bomber.

Most of the displaced persons are Shi'ite Pashtuns who have fled Taliban violence and Pakistani army operations in the tribal area of Orakzai.

The radical Sunni Taliban have often targeted the region's Shi'ite minority.

compiled from RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal and agency reports