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A roadside bomb targeting a bus has killed at least 14 people in the northwestern Pakistani district of Kurram, local officials say.

"Security forces have now initiated a search operation in the area". He says the explosion also wounded 13 people.

The injured and the bodies were moved to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, Kurram.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Shahid Ali Khan, a senior regional Pakistani official, told Reuters that militants planted a roadside bomb in the Kurram Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

"Our target was the Shia community and census team in the area", a spokesman for Jamaatur Ahrar, Asad Mansur said.

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Since 2002, more than 2,600 Shi'ite Muslims have been killed in sectarian attacks in Pakistan, data from the South Asia Terrorism Portal shows.

They said that the pickup was on its way to Sadda from Gudar when it struck the landmine, adding that injured were transported to the Civil Hospital Sadda.

Fourteen persons, including five women and four children, were martyred and nine others sustained injuries when a passenger van was targeted with an improvised explosive device (IED) in the volatile Kurram Agency on Tuesday, official sources said.

Another attack at the town's vegetable market in January killed at least 20 people.

Both blasts were claimed by the Pakistani Taliban militant Islamist group. The funeral prayers for the dead were offered at the central Imambargah in Parachinar and the bodies were shifted to their respective areas for burial. The injured included four Khasadar official who were on way to perform census duty.


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