17 Jun 2012

Deadly market bombing

4:55 am on 17 June 2012

A bomb has killed at least 13 people and wounded more than 35 in a market area in a northwest Pakistan tribal town near the Afghan border.

The ABC reports the bomb exploded near a bus stand in the main bazaar of Landi Kotal in Khyber tribal district on Saturday.

"The bomb exploded near a bus stand and initial reports said 11 people died and more than 20 were wounded," said administration official Arshad Khan.

Irfan Ahmed, a doctor at the state-run Landi Kotal Hospital, put the initial toll at 12 dead.

"We have received 12 bodies and more than 20 wounded. Some are in serious condition," he said.

Mr Khan said the blast appeared to be aimed at members of the pro-government Zakha Khel tribe, who oppose a local warlord.

Nobody has claimed responsibility.