September 16, 2012- A roadside bomb in northwestern Pakistan, close to the Afghan border, went off as a minibus passes, resulting in the deaths of 15 people whilst 12 were injured.
Police have said that the bomb was buried in the ground beside the road the minibus passed, located in the Lower Dir district. It has also been stated that the bomb was detonated at distance by remote control, and after the explosion, the only remnants of the minibus are said to have been masses of crumpled metal from the impact.
Mahmood Aslam, a local government official, has also stated that two children were amongst the dead. Areas close to the Afghan border have become renowned for their unrest and terrorist attacks, but Aslam and other officials remain bewildered as to the reasons behind the attack; he stated that the vehicle carried no tribal elders, no enti-Taliban militia commanders or any other people who were frequently targeted by terrorist. “I don’t understand why the passenger vehicle was targeted,” he said.
Dilawar Khan, a passenger aboard the minibus, described how he has heard the huge explosion with the passengers then suddenly driven into the ground. “I was listening to people’s cries but unable to see anything as dust and smoke engulfed the air,” said Khan. “Then I found myself in the hospital with my leg and hand bandaged.”
Although many similar attacks have been carried out by the Taliban in the surrounding areas of the Northwest, no group has claimed responsibility.