At least 40 people have been killed in a suicide attack on a gathering of tribal elders and local officials in north-west Pakistan, reports say.Where are the foreign occupiers and Northern Alliance government in this story? Nowhere. Taliban are mainly killing Pashtuns.
Scores of people were hurt in the blast, near the town of Dara Adam Khel.
Officials say that the blast happened as the elders were discussing the security situation in the area. . . .
The attack took place when tribal elders and officials had gathered for a traditional jirga, or assembly, to discuss increased Taleban activity in the area. Witnesses said thousands of people were involved in the meeting. . . .
Reports said a young man went up to the elders and blew himself up. "It was a huge explosion and left body parts and blood scattered on the ground," Ramin Khan, who was injured in the blast, told the Associated Press news agency. Doctors said many of the injured were in a critical condition and the death toll could rise. It is the third attack in as many days in north-west Pakistan. On Friday, a suicide bomber attacked a funeral in the troubled Swat valley, killing at least 38 people.
Sunday, March 2, 2008