Pakistan: Bomb in northwest kills 8 civilians

Associated Press

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb targeting a Pakistani military vehicle instead struck a passenger van on Wednesday in a city in the country's northwest, killing at least eight civilians, a police official said.

Tahir Ayub Khan says the afternoon blast on the outskirts of Peshawar wounded another 27 civilians, plus three air force officers in the targeted vehicle.

Khan said the bomb was set off by remote control. The passenger van and the air force vehicle were driving through the area at the time.

Non one immediately claimed responsibility and Khan says they were still investigating the motive for the attack.

Peshawar is considered the gateway to Pakistan's tribal areas. Militants fighting the Pakistani government often target security officials in and around the city, although violence has dropped considerably in recent years.

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