Taliban claim responsibility: Bajaur market massacre leaves 26 dead, 75 injured.

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    KHAR, May 4: At least 26 people, among them two security officers, were killed and 75 others injured on Friday when a teenage suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded bazaar in Khar, the main town of Bajaur tribal region. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

    KHAR, May 4: At least 26 people, among them two security officers, were killed and 75 others injured on Friday when a teenage suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded bazaar in Khar, the main town of Bajaur tribal region. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

    “The suicide bomber, stated to be a 15-year-old boy, detonated explosives strapped to his body as he approached a checkpost of the Bajaur Levies force where senior officials had gathered after patrolling the area,” Haseeb Khan, an official of the local administration, told Dawn.

    Sultanzeb, an eyewitness, said Levies officials had reached the checkpost in two vehicles a few minutes before the bombing. “They were talking to security personnel at the post when the blast occurred. The place was littered with human flesh and blood,” he said.

    Several shops and vehicles were damaged.

    The dead and the injured were taken to the Agency Headquarters Hospital (AHH) Khar. Doctors at the AHH referred the critically wounded to hospitals in Peshawar.

    Dr Jehanzeb Tawar, head of the Bajaur health deportment, said 26 people were killed and 75 others wounded in the attack.

    A large number of people gathered at the hospital to donate blood.

    “Bajaur Levies head Subedar-Major Javed Khan and Quarter Master Subedar Fazal Rabi were among the dead,” Political Agent Islam Zeb told reporters. He said the two officers were the target of the attack, adding that they had received threats from militants.

    “Apparently, the bomber was waiting for the head of tribal police and rushed towards him when he was talking to other personnel at the checkpost,” he said.

    Last year, Tamgha-i-Shujat was conferred on Subedar Fazal Rabi. A security official said that Fazal Rabi, who was in charge of the Levies bomb disposal unit, had survived several attacks in the past.

    The area people said the explosion was so powerful that it was heard in 8km radius of the bombing site. A curfew was imposed in the area after the attack and markets, educational institutions and offices were closed. Public transport remained off the road.

    It was the third bomb attack in Bajaur over the past two days. On Thursday, two blasts killed five people, including pro-government elders and security personnel, in tehsil Chamarkand.

    Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan told reporters from an unidentified place: “Our target was the chief and deputy chief of the Bajaur Levies force.”

    The two officials were involved in the killing of Al Qaeda leader Sheikh Abu Marwan Asouri in Bajaur a few years ago.

    AFP adds: Bajaur has been one of the toughest battlegrounds in the fight against Taliban. The military conducted major offensives there in 2008 and 2009 and has repeatedly declared it secure.

    Friday’s blast was the deadliest bombing in the country since Feb 17 when 31 people were killed in a suicide attack in the Kurram Agency. The TTP spokesman said that anyone involved in ‘activity’ against the Taliban “will be treated with iron hands”.

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    An injured man receives medical treatment at a local hospital in northwest Pakistan's Bajaur Agency on May 4, 2012. At least 17 people were killed and over 40 others injured when a suicide blast ripped through a crowded bazaar in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Bajaur Agency on Friday morning, according to official sources. (Xinhua Photo)

    ISLAMABAD, May 4 (Xinhua) -- At least 17 people were killed and over 40 others injured when a suicide blast ripped through a crowded bazaar in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Bajaur Agency on Friday morning, according to official sources.

    An official with the political administration of Bajaur Agency, who asked not to be named, said that 17 people were killed and over 40 others injured in the blast and some of the injured were in critical condition.

    Some local media said that around 30 people were killed in the blast, but this is not officially confirmed.

    The killed include eight security personnel and nine civilians, said local Urdu TV channel DAWN.

    The slightly injured have received medical treatment at the local hospitals while the seriously wounded have been rushed to the hospitals in the neighboring city of Peshawar, the largest city in northwest Pakistan, local officials said.

    Both Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani condemned the attack. The prime minister has instructed the hospital administrations to provide the best medical treatment to the injured.

    The blast took place at about 8:10 a.m. local time when a suicide bomber, reportedly aged about 14, detonated his suicide jacket while security personnel patrolling at a market in Khar, a major town in Bajaur Agency, stopped him on suspicion and were about to frisk him.

    At least five vehicles and four shops were destroyed in the blast, said local media.

    The blast caused huge panic in the market area and all the shops and schools in the nearby areas have been closed following the blast.

    A curfew was imposed in the area after the attack.

    No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack yet.

    Friday's suicide blast was the 15th of its kind in Pakistan since this year. Up to date, at least 130 people have reportedly been killed in these attacks.

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