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Car bomb attack in Pakistani tribal region kills 15 people, official says
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) ' A car bomb exploded at a crowded bazar in a northwestern Pakistani tribal region near the border with Afghanistan on Saturday, killing 15 people and wounding 35 others, a government official said.
Several shops and vehicles were also badly damaged in the attack in the town of Landi Kotal in the Khyber tribal region near the main border crossing point of Torkham, government administrator Khalid Mumtaz told The Associated Press.
TV footage showed the charred skeleton of a car that was used in the attack and local residents rushing to help take the victims to hospitals.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the morning blast, but the suspicion fell on Pakistani Taliban who often target security forces and public places with bombings and shooting attacks.
The Pakistani army has carried out several operations to flush out Islamist militants in Khyber, which is one of the two routes for NATO supplies across the border into Afghanistan.
Also Saturday, violence erupted in the southwestern town of Kucklak after a man allegedly tried to burn the copy of Islam's holy book. Angered over the incident, residents rallied and torched a police station and five vehicles, said police official Shaukat Ali Khan.
Khan said the man who allegedly tried to burn Quran has been arrested and that the police were trying to restore order.