40 killed in suicide blast in Bajaur Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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Hanifullah Khan

Around 39 people died while over 150 were wounded in a blast at a Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) workers’ convention in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Bajaur district on Sunday.

The explosion occurred when more than 400 JUI-F members and supporters gathered under a tent in the town of Khar, near the border with Afghanistan.

“I can confirm that in the hospital we have 39 dead bodies, with 123 wounded that includes 17 patients in a serious condition,” Riaz Anwar, the health minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, told Associated France Press.

Provincial governor Haji Ghulam Ali also confirmed the death toll.

Footage of the site after the blast showed panic-stricken people gathering as ambulances arrived to move the injured to hospitals. Afterward, a large police contingent cordoned off the area.
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