Bomb Blast Hits School Bus in Pakistan

13 Dec

A Pakistani police officer and a rescue worker examine a damaged school bus at the site of bomb blast in Peshawar, Pakistan on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010. A roadside bomb exploded near a school bus in northwest Pakistan's main city, killing the driver and wounding at least two children, police said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)


December 13, 2010 (KATAKAMI / VOA) —- Officials in Pakistan say a roadside bomb struck a school bus in northwest Pakistan, killing one person and injuring four others, including two children.

Monday’s blast occurred on the outskirts of Peshawar, which lies near the tribal regions of Pakistan and the Afghan border.

Police initially said the driver of the bus was killed, but later identified the dead man as a passerby. Officials say the driver, two girl students and another passerby were injured in the explosion.

Pakistani security personnel collect evidence at a bomb blast site in Peshawar on December 13, 2010. A bomb struck a Pakistani school bus, killing a mechanic and wounding two children as they were being dropped home after class in the northwestern city of Peshawar, police said. It was the fifth bombing in Pakistan since December 6 as the nuclear-armed country steps up security for the holy month of Muharram, which typically sees a rise in sectarian tensions and attacks on Shiite Muslim religious parades. (Photo by A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)

Authorities says the bomb may have been intended for police patrols which frequent the area.

Pakistan authorities are on alert for sectarian violence during Moharram, the holiest month for Shi’ite Muslims, which is under way. Sunni militant groups often attack Shi’ite gatherings during this period.  (*)

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