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UN chief strongly condemns terrorist attack in northwest Pakistan

(Xinhua)

09:33, January 11, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday strongly condemned the terrorist attack that has left at least 20 people killed and 40 others injured in northwest Pakistan, and reiterated UN's solidarity with Pakistan in its "continuing efforts to confront terrorism and extremism."

"The secretary-general strongly condemns the terrorist attack in the town of Jamrud in the northwest of Pakistan that left dozens of people dead and many wounded, including children," Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here.

The secretary-general "extends his heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and reiterates the continued solidarity of the United Nations with the people and government of Pakistan in their continuing efforts to confront terrorism and extremism," Nesirky said at a daily news briefing here.

At least 20 people were killed and 40 others injured when a blast hit a taxi stand in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Khyber Agency on Tuesday morning, reports said. The killed include three paramilitary soldiers.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing.

Jamrud is a district located to the eastern side of Khyber Agency, which is just some 20 kilometers west of Peshawar.

Both Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani have issued statement condemning the bomb attack.

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