Kurram blast death toll rises to 15

The area has seen a series of attacks, including a auto bomb blast in March that left 24 people dead.

At least 10 civilians were killed and eight others injured in Pakistan's tribal Kurram Agency region on Tuesday after their vehicle ran over a landmine in Godar locality. The explosion also killed a 5-year-old while a fourth militant was killed trying to flee the scene.

According to the political administration of the area, an improvised explosive device (IED) buried on the roadside was hit by a van that was heading to Sadda from Godar. With few adequate medical facilities in the area, a Pakistani army helicopter evacuated the wounded to a nearby military hospital.

Later, another militant group, Islamic State (IS) Khorasan, claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack targeting the van. The grisly violence sparked angry protests by local residents in Parachinar, the administrative headquarters of the agency, which is prone to sectarian violence.

Preliminary details suggested that only one woman was killed in the attack, but the death toll soared after the injured succumbed to their injuries.

Two census workers were also injured in the blast.

Around 28 people were killed and 100 others were injured last month in the same region, when a suicide bomber detonated explosives outside a Shiite imambargah in a busy market in Parachinar.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bomb.

It was en route to Sadda, Parachinar from Goddar when it hit a mine, injuring many passengers.

Kurram is known for sectarian clashes between Sunnis and Shias who make up roughly 20 percent of Pakistan's population of over 200 million.

  • Delores Daniels