UN cheif "unequivocally condemns" terrorist attack in Pakistan

14:04, December 26, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday "unequivocally condemns" the terrorist attack in the town of Khar in the Bajur region of Pakistan, which left over 40 people killed and many others injured.

A statement, issued here late Saturday by Ban's spokesman, said "the secretary-general was appalled to learn about a terrorist attack that took place on the morning of Dec. 25 outside a World Food Program (WFP) food distribution center in the town of Khar in the Bajur region of Pakistan, reportedly killing 45 people and injuring many others."

"He unequivocally condemns this abhorrent act of terrorism aimed at innocent people," the statement. "The secretary-general conveys his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Pakistan."

At least 45 people were reportedly killed and 72 others injured in the suicide blast.

According to local media reports, the blast occurred at about 8:40 a.m. (local time) when a female suicide bomber, aged at about 23, blew herself up among the large crowds of people gathering at a checkpoint in front of the WFP office near Civil Colony in Khar, the main city in Bajur region bordering Afghanistan.

An estimated 1,100 to 1,500 people were gathering in an open area in front of the WFP office, waiting for the food tokens to be distributed, said local media reports.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

Source: Xinhua
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