Kurram blast death toll rises to 15

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At least ten people were killed in a roadside bomb that targeted a minibus in Pakistan's remote northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, an official in the region said.

Last month, at least 28 people were killed and 100-plus wounded when a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle "rigged with explosives" outside an Imambargah in a busy marketplace in the main town of Kurram tribal region.

The injured were taken to the Tehsil Hospital in Sadda from where they were shifted to the Agency Headquarters Hospital in Parachinar, the main town in Kurram Agency.

In Rawalpindi, a Defense Ministry spokesman said that an army helicopter had been sent to Parachinar to airlift the seriously wounded to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province. Habibullah Khan adds from Miranshah: Two security officials were killed and seven others injured in two different incidents in North Waziristan on Tuesday, official sources said.

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Prime minister Nawaz Sharif and interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan condemned the tragic blast and instructed authorities to provide best medical facilities to the injured.

Sectarian tension between Pakistan's Sunni majority and the Shi'ite minority, who form about 20 percent of the population, has flared in the past in Parachinar and the surrounding area.

Pakistan, a mainly Muslim nation of about 190 million people, is conducting a nationwide census but militants have frequently targeted officials collecting the data.

Census workers have been the target of many attacks since the national enumeration exercise kicked off on March 15. Later, another militant group, Islamic State (IS) Khorasan, claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack targeting the van.

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