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Blast at meeting kills 3 in northwest Pakistan

By Reza Sayah, CNN
  • Blast takes place in Kurram along the Afghan border
  • It occurs as elders were meeting
  • Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- At least three people were killed and seven others were injured in an explosion Monday morning in Pakistan's tribal region, officials told CNN.

The blast took place at a jirga in Khumatha, a village in Kurram -- one of seven districts in Pakistan's tribal region along the Afghan border, said Salah Uddin, a local official.

A jirga is an assembly of tribal elders used mostly by Pashtun people to resolve disputes and make important decisions.

Officials say it's not clear why the jirga was targeted.