Pak attacks claim 26 lives

Pak attacks claim 26 lives

Six children, WHO staff among victims

 At least 26 people, including six children and a polio eradication worker with the World Health Organisation (WHO), were killed in separate attacks launched by militants across Pakistan.

Nine people, including five children, died on Saturday when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a house used as headquarters by a militant outfit in the northwest tribal region.

The attack took place around 1 pm at the headquarters of the group led by Maulana Nabi Hanfi in Speen Tall area of Kurram region in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Xinhua reported citing state-run PTV channel.
The five children were passing by the site after attending school when the blast occurred. The other four dead were militants. At least 15 people were injured in the bombing.

The WHO on Saturday said in a statement from Geneva that a polio eradication worker was shot dead on Friday evening in the Gadap Town area of port city Karachi.

The victim, identified as Muhammad Ishaq, had worked with the national polio eradication programme for several months, and helped to plan and implement vaccination campaigns to protect local children against the disease.

In the southwest port city of Gwadar, a rocket attack on a police checkpost killed at least eight security personnel and injured three.

Geo News said seven militants riding motorbikes launched the attack around 1 pm at the checkpost set up outside a camp of coastal guards in Peshkan area of Gwadar. The militants fled the scene after the attack.

In Upper Dir region of the northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a remote-controlled bomb planted on the roadside ripped through a pick-up truck, killing three people inside. The explosive device was detonated near Dhog Darra town, said regional police chief Ehsanullah Khan.

Another seven people were wounded in the attack in Dhog Darra, considered a stronghold of an anti-Taliban militia set up by local people.
A child and four people were killed in a clash between two tribes in Shikarpur town in Sindh province, Geo News reported.

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