ISLAMABAD: At least 15 people were killed and six others injured Sunday when a van they were travelling in was targeted with a roadside bomb in Pakistan’s troubled northwest.
The bomb was detonated by remote control when the van was passing through the restive Lower Dir district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province Sunday morning, police officials said.
More than 20 passengers were in the van that was heading to Munda, a key town in the area, they said, adding 15 people were killed in the blast. The six injured were taken to a nearby hospital.
Police said all those who died were civilians. Witnesses said the van was destroyed by the blast. A police team conducted a search operation in the area but no one was arrested. No group claimed responsibility for the attack though such incidents are usually blamed on the Pakistani Taliban. Taliban had been active in the area but security forces recently cleared most of the region of the militants.
Police said militants routinely target people in the region for supporting the security forces. PTI