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Car Bomb Kills 93 at Pakistan Volleyball Game
January 3, 2010, 1:36 pm
Filed under: car bomb, Pakistan, Taliban, Waziristan

Car Bomb Kills 93 at Pakistan Volleyball Game

Brisbane Times
January 2, 2010

The death toll from a devastating suicide car bombing in northwest Pakistan has risen to 93, marking a bloody start to 2010 for the insurgency-hit nation, police said on Saturday.

The bomber detonated his explosives-packed vehicle on Friday as fans gathered to watch two local teams face off in a volleyball tournament in a village near the Taliban’s South Waziristan stronghold.

Security has been tightened across Bannu district, which borders South Waziristan, following the blast in Shah Hasan Khan village, police said.

“Five more people died overnight in a government’s main hospital in Lakki Marwat town rising the death toll to 93,” district police chief Mohammad Ayub Khan told AFP.

The huge blast was Pakistan’s deadliest in more than two months, triggering the collapse of more than 20 houses, some with families inside.

The bomber appears to have used 300 kilograms of explosives, Khan said, adding that a three-member team had been formed to investigate the attack.

It was the highest death toll from a suspected militant strike since a massive car bomb on October 28 killed 125 people in a crowded market in the northwestern provincial capital Peshawar.

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