UN food centers closed in NW Pakistan after attack

Associated Press
Injured victims of suicide bombing are treated at a local hospital in Khar, the main town of Pakistan's Bajur tribal region along Afghan border, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. A female suicide bomber detonated her explosives-laden vest killing scores of people at an aid distribution center in northwestern Pakistan while army helicopter gunships and artillery killed a similar number of Islamic militants in neighboring tribal regions near the Afghan border, officials said. (AP Photo/Anwarullah Khan)

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An official says food aid distribution centers have been closed temporarily in northwest Pakistan following a suicide bombing that killed 45 people outside a World Food Program depot.

Shafiq Khan, an official involved in the WFP food distribution project, said Sunday the four relief centers in the Bajur district have been shuttered after the regional government ordered their temporary closure following Saturday's attack in the main town of Khar.

It was not immediately clear how long the food distribution points would be closed.

The World Food Program project in Bajur feeds thousands of people who have been displaced since early 2009 by fighting between the Pakistan military and insurgents.

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