Car bomb kills 12 in Pakistan

Islamabad, Mar 21 (EFE).- At least 12 people died and 35 others were wounded Thursday in a car bomb attack in a camp of displaced people in northwestern Pakistan, police told Efe.

The attack occurred at 11:30 a.m. as aid was being distributed to the families at the Jalozai refugee camp in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, police official Nasir Awasi said.

A top official with the bomb squad told Dawn newspaper that the car was loaded with 35 kilos (about 77 pounds) of explosives, while the area's police chief said the detonation produced a crater and that several nearby vehicles were also destroyed.

The Jalozai camp, located about 130 kilometers (81 miles) from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, for several decades has housed Afghan refugees but currently it is the home for displaced Pakistanis fleeing insurgent violence in the volatile northwest.

Both this zone and the adjacent tribal areas are the scenes of ongoing combat between the Taliban and the Pakistani army, including attacks against government and civilian targets.

The Pakistani government announced on Wednesday that general elections will be held on May 11. Political campaigns in this Central Asian country often bring an upsurge in terrorist violence.