Toy bomb kills Pakistan mother, hurts kids

2012-06-11 16:06
A Pakistani man carries a toddler, wounded by a motorcycle bomb, at a hospital in Quetta. (Banaras Khan, AFP)

A Pakistani man carries a toddler, wounded by a motorcycle bomb, at a hospital in Quetta. (Banaras Khan, AFP)

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Peshawar - A bomb hidden in a toy exploded in northwest Pakistan on Monday, killing a mother and wounding three young children who had picked up the device while out playing, police said.

The incident took place in the Nasir Bagh area on the outskirts of the city of Peshawar that runs into the semi-autonomous tribal belt that US officials consider a safe haven for Taliban and al-Qaeda linked militants.

"The children, including a girl and two boys, brought home a bomb concealed in a ball, which exploded with a bang killing a woman and wounding her two boys and a niece," senior local police official Shafeerullah Khan said.

The dead woman was aged 32. Her wounded niece is 4-years old, and her two sons seven and 9-years-old, police said.

Local police official Haqdad Khan confirmed the casualties.

Pakistan is on the frontline of the US-led war on al-Qaeda. Since July 2007, a Taliban-led insurgency concentrated in the northwest has been fighting against the US-allied government.

In the last five years, attacks blamed on Islamist bombers have killed more than 5 000 people according to an AFP tally.

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