Bombers kill Pakistani refugees waiting for aid

A bombing victim is unloaded from an ambulance at a local hospital in Kohat, Pakistan, on Saturday. He was injured when two suicide bombers attacked, killing 41 people lined up for aid.

Associated Press

A bombing victim is unloaded from an ambulance at a local hospital in Kohat, Pakistan, on Saturday. He was injured when two suicide bombers attacked, killing 41 people lined up for aid.

KACHA PUKA, Pakistan — Two burqa-clad suicide bombers attacked people who had fled a Pakistani offensive against the Taliban close to the Afghan border, killing 41 as they lined up Saturday to register for food and other relief supplies. More than 60 others were injured.

The victims were among 200,000 people who have left Orakzai since the end of last year, when the Pakistan army began operations against militants based in the remote, tribally administered region.

The registration point in Kohat was managed by locals, but sometimes used by foreign humanitarian groups, including the World Food Program, to deliver aid. After the attack, the United Nations said it was temporarily suspending work helping displaced people in Kohat and neighboring Hangu.

There was no claim of responsibility, which is not unusual when attacks kill civilians.

Al-Qaida and Taliban militants based in the northwest have carried out near-daily attacks over the past 18 months. The blasts have killed several thousand people, but not deterred the army.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani army acknowledged that civilians were killed in an April 10 air strike in the northwest that supposedly targeted militants. It did not say how many had died, but apologized, which could help reduce anger among local tribes, whose support it needs to defeat the militants.

Bombers kill Pakistani refugees waiting for aid 04/17/10 [Last modified: Saturday, April 17, 2010 10:51pm]

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