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Explosion at house in Pakistan leaves 12 dead, officials report

Explosion at house in Pakistan leaves 12 dead, officials report

A pre-dawn explosion demolished a house in Pakistan's wild frontier zone yesterday, killing up to 12 people, two intelligence officials and a local militant said.
The blast was reported in a village in South Waziristan, a region bordering Afghanistan where militants linked to al-Qaida and the Taliban operate.
The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.
One intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak on the record, said about 10 foreign militants were believed killed.
Six others were wounded in the strike in the village of Kalosha, the official said, citing initial reports from informants in the area. He had no further details of the victims' identity.
The official, based in Dera Ismail Khan, a city near South Waziristan, said the suspects had been staying in the home of a tribesman.
A second intelligence officer said the explosion rattled the windows of his office in Wana, South Waziristan's main town, about 10 kilometers away. He said the nationality and further identity of those killed was unclear.
A local militant fighter, who did not want his name made public in case he is targeted by security forces, said at least nine of the tribesman's guests had been killed. He said they were all Afghan civilians, including children.
The militant said a plane had been heard in the area shortly before the strike and one of the intelligence officials said a U.S. drone may have fired a missile at the house. Pakistani forces were not involved, he said.
A spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan and a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said they had no information about the incident.


Updated : 2021-09-22 02:18 GMT+08:00