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13 labourers killed in blast in northwest Pakistan

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KABUL: At least 13 labourers were killed and two others injured in a terrorist attack in the restive North Waziristan tribal district in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, bordering Afghanistan, police said on Sunday.

“Terrorists detonated explosives near Gul Mir Kot in Shawal tehsil late Saturday night and blew up a vehicle carrying 16 labourers,” Deputy Commissioner North Waziristan Rehan Gul Khattak said.

“As many as 11 labourers, who worked in an under-construction government building, were killed on the spot while two were critically injured, and three went missing,” Khattak said.

Officials said the victims belonged to tehsil Makin and Wana of South Waziristan tribal district. The injured and the bodies were shifted to a nearby hospital. “Efforts to identify and locate the missing workers are ongoing,” he said.

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar ul Haq Kakar condemned the attack which claimed the lives of innocent labourers.

According to reports, a bomb was planted targeting a convoy of security forces and the bomb exploded immediately after the convoy passed by. Internet services were suspended in the area owing to security concerns.

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