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Eight Killed In Blast In Northwestern Pakistan

KHAR, Pakistan – Up to eight people are reported to have been killed and others injured in a bomb explosion in northwestern Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border.

The blast occurred at a market in Tehsil Salarzai, in the Bajaur tribal agency.

Hospital officials have confirmed to RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal that eight bodies have been received.

The report says all the dead and injured are civilians.

Officials say initial indications suggest that the blast was caused by a remote-controlled device.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Pakistani Taliban have carried out previous attacks in the region targeting groups supporting Pakistani military operations against extremists.

With reporting by AFP, AP, and dpa