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15 killed, 20 others injured in Jalozai Camp blast

15 killed, 20 others injured in Jalozai Camp blast

NOWSHERA, (SANA): At least fifteen people including women and children were killed while 20 others were injured in a blast that occurred at the Jalozai Camp here on Thursday.

The blast took place near the Muhajir Camp and according to police the bomb was planted in a car. Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) official Abdul Haq told the media that around 35 kilograms of explosive material was used in the attack.

DPO Mohammad Hussain said that the bomb was planted in a car. He further said that three vehicles were destroyed as a result of the blast adding that a crater had formed at the blast site.

Fuad Khan, police official responsible for security of the camp, said that “The bomb exploded in a car parked near the administration office where refugees had lined up to get ration and new arrivals were being registered.”

Earlier, former provincial information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain told media personnel that eight people were killed and several others were injured in the attack.

The injured were shifted to the District Headquarter (DHQ) Hospital Nowshera and Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar. The condition of few injured was reported as critical.

The blast took place at the office gate of a Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) distribution point in Phase V area of Jalozai camp.

The outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant organization disassociated itself from the attack.

Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesperson for TTP said that attack on public places targeting innocent people was inhuman and that the Taliban condemned such incidents.

It is pertinent to mention here that the camp hosts internally displaced persons from the country’s tribal areas.Jalozai, an enormous camp that once hosted Afghan refugees, now houses Pakistani tribesmen fleeing unrest in the Khyber, Bajaur and Mohmand tribal districts.

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