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11 killed, 40 injured in suicide attack in NW Pakistan

(Xinhua)

14:22, May 04, 2012

ISLAMABAD, May 4 (Xinhua) -- At least 11 people were killed and 40 others injured in a suicide blast that hit a market area in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Bajaur Agency on Friday morning, reported local Urdu TV channel Dunya.

A local private-run media said that 13 people were killed in the blast. PTV, a state-run TV channel, said that four security personnel were killed in the attack.

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

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

A curfew has been imposed in the area after the attack.

The blast took place at about 8:00 a.m. local time when a suicider hit a security vehicle patrolling at a bazaar in Khar, a main town in Bajaur which borders Afghanistan.

Following the blast, rescue team and security forces have rushed to the area.

All the injured have been shifted to local hospitals and hospitals in the neighboring city of Peshawar, the largest city in northwest Pakistan.

Eyewitnesses told local media that the suicider was aged between 14 and 18. Others details about the suicider are not immediately known.

No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack.

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