A remote controlled bomb blast killed at least 35 people and wounded 69 in a market in Jumrud, Khyber agency. The town used to serve as the main supply route for Nato forces operating in Afghanistan. Pakistani Taliban (TTP) had warned that they will avenge the death of their senior leader Qari Kamran, who was killed in a military operation on January 1st.
A top official in Khyber said ‘according to initial information, it was a remote controlled device planted in a passenger pick up van’. It was one of the deadliest attacks of the month. There were about 120 bomb attacks in Pakistan in 2011 and the same number in 2010 according to an AFP tally.