9 killed in NW Pakistan blast

12:24, January 02, 2010      

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At least nine people were killed when a suicide bomber blew up his car in a playground in Pakistan's northwest on Friday evening where people were watching a volleyball match, a police officer said.

The bomber rammed his explosive-packed car into the wall of the volleyball ground in Lakki Marwat district in North West Frontier Province, District Police Officer, Ayub Khan said.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack. But the police officer suspected that Taliban militants may be behind the attack as people of the area cooperated with the security forces in recent operation.

Giving details of the incident the police officer said two local teams were playing a volleyball match when the attack was carried out. He said some 50 people were watching the match at the time of the attack.

Khan said people and members of the peace committee of Shah Hasan Khel village, site of the bomb attack, had expelled militants from the area with the help of the security forces.

Shah Hasan Khel village, some 25 kilometers from Lakki city, was earlier considered to be the stronghold of the militants.

The police officer said that a house near the playground also collapsed, burying several women and children.

Locals shifted the injured in private vehicles to main hospital in Lakki city and some were taken to Bannu, another main city in the region.

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