School bus bomb blast kills 2 in NW Pakistan

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Two people have been killed and another injured in a bomb attack on a school bus in a northwestern Pakistani tribal area, local government officials say.

The roadside bomb attack occurred in the Nisti Kot area of the Upper Kurram tribal district on Tuesday.

“An 11-year-old boy and the driver of the school van were killed when a bomb planted on a roadside exploded,” said Shahid Ali, a local official, adding that a seven-year-old girl was also wounded.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack, but government officials usually blame pro-Taliban militants for such assaults.

Pakistani military units have been conducting military operations to eliminate the militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region since June, but the spillover of the militancy from neighboring Afghanistan has so far hampered the efforts.

Pro-Taliban militants have fled their strongholds in North Waziristan and taken refuge in Khyber region, prompting the Pakistani army to expand its campaign to Khyber in October.

Militant groups operating in Pakistan have carried out numerous attacks against Pakistani security forces and civilians.

Thousands of people have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks in Pakistan since 2001, when Islamabad entered an alliance with Washington in the so-called war on terror.

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