The death toll after four days of militant attacks in Pakistan rose past 100 following another deadly blast, this time in the Shangla district of the Swat Valley, where a car bomb exploded near a market early Monday afternoon. –KA


The latest attack took place early in the afternoon in the town of Alpurai, in Swat valley in Shangla district.

Alpurai was not under Taliban control at the time of a major anti-Taliban offensive by the military in Swat valley earlier this year.

Security officials say a car blew up near a hospital in the market as a convoy of troops was passing by.

Dozens of people, including security personnel, are said to have been injured in the explosion.

“It appears to be a suicide attack,” Reuters news agency quoted Shangla police official, Khan Bahadur Khan as saying.

“The bomber hit one of three military vehicles that were passing through the busiest market in the district,” he said.

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