PARACHINAR: A bomb exploded near a marketplace in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing 16 people, and US drones fired two missiles into a compound, killing at least nine militants and wounding more than five others, local government and security officials said. Karachi was on strike over killing of religious leaders.
The attack took place in a village on the border of North and South Waziristan tribal areas, around 50 kilometres south of Miran Shah.
“Six drones were hovering in the sky at the time of the attack. One drone fired two missiles at a house,” a security official in Miran Shah said.
“At least nine militants were killed and more than five were injured in the strike. Their identities were not clear yet, but there may be some foreigners among them,” he said.
The bomb blast occurred in Kalaya, the main town in the Orakzai tribal area, said local government administrator Khaistan Akbar. The blast occurred near government and security offices, according to another local administrator, Javed Khan. It damaged one of the shops in the market.
Initially, the death toll stood at 10 with 23 people wounded. But Khan said that six of those who were wounded later died at a hospital in Kalaya, increasing the death toll to 16. The 17 others who were wounded were being treated, including three who were in critical condition.