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October 12, 2012
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Five killed in Orakzai Agency blasts

October 12, 2012

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KALAYA: Five persons were killed and 22 others injured when twin blasts ripped through a local market in Orakzai Agency on Thursday.
The sources said the first blast in Orakzai occurred at 10am when explosives strapped to a donkey exploded near a passenger vehicle in the bazaar in Hasanzai, killing three persons and injuring eight others.
The second explosive device, the sources said, was detonated when locals rushed to the area for rescue work after the first blast.They said two persons were killed and 14 others sustained injuries in the second blast. Local sources said that the two donkeys were seen in the bazaar before the explosions.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Orakzai Agency chapter, claimed responsibility for the two blasts, sources said. A spokesman for the TTP called reporters from an unknown location to make the claim.
The dead and injured were taken to the Agency Headquarters Hospital in Kalaya from where some of the critically injured persons were shifted to hospitals in Kohat and Peshawar.The officials of the political administration rushed to the blast scene and visited the hospital. Tribesmen also staged protest over the lack of facilities at the hospital.
Talking to reporters, Orakzai Agency’s Political Agent Khushal Khan said four persons were killed and nine others injured in the two explosions.The official said militants had strapped explosives to a donkey and triggered the explosion with a remote-control device.
The bomb disposal unit officials said 25 kg of explosives were used in the blasts. The sources said five shops and four vehicles were destroyed in the blasts. The security forces cordoned off the area after the blast and launched search operation. However, no arrest was made.

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