PESHAWAR (APS) – A suicide bomber blew himself up in a peace committee meeting in a restive Pakistani tribal area on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding seven others, officials said.
The bombing took place in Pir Mela village of the restive Khyber tribal district, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of Peshawar.
“At least five tribesmen were killed and seven others were wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up in an Aman (peace) committee meeting,” a local government official told AFP.
Local security officials also confirmed the bombing and casualties.
Meanwhile, a spokesman of Governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa province Mehtab Ahmed Khan told AFP that the top provincial official condemned the suicide bombing and ordered health authorities to provide the best care for the wounded.
Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but Taliban and other militant groups have taken refuge in Khyber Agency.
Pakistan s army in recent years has destroyed dozens of militant hideouts there, killing scores of suspected insurgents. The military also has been carrying out a major operation against local and foreign militants in the North Waziristan region since June 15.
Pakistan has said it has cleared 90 percent of the North Waziristan of militants during the operation, which displaced over 800,000 residents.