Landmine blasts kill five in Pakistan

July 10th, 2008 - 12:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, July 10 (DPA) At least five people were killed Thursday in two landmine explosions in Pakistan’s restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials said. Three people died when a pickup truck carrying vegetables and passengers hit a landmine in the Araoli area of Kurram Agency in North-West Frontier Province, Ataur Rehman, area security chief told DPA.

“Five people were also injured in the blast,” he added.

A few kilometres from the scene, another landmine exploded under a tractor in the Kach area of the district, leaving two more people dead and two injured.

Kurram Agency is currently seeing armed clashes between rival Sunni and Shia Muslim groups. More than 100 people have died in the fighting that has continued for the last six weeks.

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