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Deadliest Suicide Attack Near Bajaur Claims Over 50 Lives

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People of tribal areas have been passing through a critical time as on the one hand terrorists have been targeting them while on the other hand Pakistan Army has been conducting operation in which mostly innocent people are being targeted. US drone attacks have also been increasing in which innocent people, according to reports, are being killed. At the moment, it seems, that the government of Pakistan has lost its control in the region.

According to newspaper reports, a suicide bomber killed up to 50 people and wounded dozens in an attack outside the office of a senior government official in Pakistan's northwest, government and hospital officials said.

The bomber struck when people were gathered around the office in the Mohmand Pashtun tribal region near the Afghan border, where security forces have stepped up attacks on Taliban militants in recent weeks.

The bomber struck when people were gathered around the office in the tribal area's Yakaghund tehsil.

"There were two blasts. The first one was small but the second was a big one. Up to 46 people have been killed," Rasool Khan, the region's assistant political agent, told Reuters. The attack took place outside his office.

An administration official, Mehraj Khan, had earlier described the incident as a suicide attack.

Hospital officials said nearly 80 people were being treated for multiple wounds, while government officials put the number of wounded at about 40.

Among the wounded were several internally displaced people, who were collecting relief goods near the blast site.

The blast also damaged several cars and about 30 shops, witnesses said.

"It was a huge blast that flattened dozens of nearby shops and people are still trapped under the rubble," a resident, identified as Ahmed, told the private Express News TV channel.

Television footage showed victims being pulled out of the debris.

A security official at the scene said that blast also damaged a wall of a nearby prison and at least 20 inmates had escaped.

The office was targeted when some 100 people had gathered there to seek redress for their problems.

The Bajaur-Peshawar road was also closed for traffic as rescue operations continued.

The Pakistani army has carried out operations against Taliban fighters in Mohmand in recent years

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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur District, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is (more...)

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