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Pakistan: Khyber bomb attack kills 17

Brutal attack kills several women and young children in Pakistan.

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Pakistani paramedics give treatment to a child who was injured in a car bomb attack at a hospital in Peshawar on December 17, 2012. A car bomb attack killed at least 16 people and wounded around 70 in a Pakistan market in the northwestern town of Jamrud close to the Afghan border, officials said. (Hasham Ahmed/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistani officials say a car bomb attack at a market in the country's northwest today killed 17 people and injured 70, according to BBC News

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The bomb exploded in the town of Jamrud in Pakistan's Khyber province, leaving behind pools of blood and burned flesh, according to an Agence-France Press report cited by Pakistan's Dawn

Jamrud Doctor Sameen Jan Shinwari told Dawn a five-year-old Afghan girl and two six-year-old Pakistani boys were among the dead. 

Four women were also reported killed. The explosion took place as people were waiting for buses, said Dawn.

Those wounded have been taken to a Peshawar hospital, reported BBC, but several died of their wounds on the way. 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack came a day after a showdown between Pakistani forces and militants near the Peshawar airport, according to BBC, describing a 15-hour battle that killed 10 militants.  

Dawn said the exact method of attack was not yet clear. “We are still are ascertaining what procedure exactly was used to blow up the vehicle,” Khyber official Mutahir Zeb told the paper

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