Pak suicide bomber was a 13-year-old

 
The bomber, reported to be aged about 13, flung himself at a military convoy passing through a busy market in Shangla, a northwest district near Swat where the Army claimed to have flushed out Taliban rebels after a fierce offensive.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Shangla blast, but the suicide bombing bore all the hallmarks of a TTP strike, and hit in a one-time stronghold of fugitive Swat Taliban commander Maulana Fazlullah. “Forty-one people were killed and 45 were injured in the suicide blast,” said Mian Iftekhar Hussain, provincial information minister.

A spokesman from the Swat Media Centre said six soldiers were among those killed when the young suicide bomber on foot struck a paramilitary convoy passing through a security checkpost in a crowded bazaar in Alpuri town.

“When he blew himself up, some of the trucks carrying ammunition were also hit and the ammunition exploded, causes more human losses,” the spokesman said. “He was 13 or 14 years old, according to our investigations so far.”

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