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December 27, 2010

Bajaur suicide blast death toll hits 47

Lahore

December 27, 2010

KHAR: Death toll from the deadly suicide attack reportedly carried out by a female bomber at Bajaur Agency’s principal town, Khar, rose to 47 as four more people succumbed to their injuries on Sunday.
The young female suicide bomber had blown herself up on Saturday near the Bajaur Levies checkpoint where dozens of tribespeople were waiting for clearance to proceed towards the food distribution centre of the World Food Programme (WFP).
Forty-three people were killed and over 100 sustained injuries in the attack at the time. Around 57 injured people were shifted to Peshawar in military helicopters and admitted to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH), where four later died due to their fatal injuries.
A spokesman for LRH said that 19 injured people had been admitted at the orthopedic ward, two at cardiovascular, one at Intensive Care Unit and 16 at the surgical ward of the hospital.Meanwhile, the tribesmen who lost their lives in the blast were laid to rest in their respective villages in Bajaur on Sunday. Most of the slain persons belonged to Salarzai area where the people had raised an armed lashkar against the militants.
In the past, the Taliban militants attacked the Salarzais through suicide bombers and roadside bombs.To mourn the loss of so many innocent people in the attack, the traders and shopkeepers closed their businesses and shops in Khar. Markets also remained closed in many other parts of Bajaur.The authorities are claiming to have beefed up security and deployed more personnel of the FC and Bajaur Levies.

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