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Pakistani violence, including attack on family, kills 10

By Reza Sayah and Nasir Habib, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Three killed in attacks on NATO-bound oil tankers
  • Seven are killed in ambush of a minivan carrying family of Sunni Muslims
  • Officials suspect that their religion was a motive

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Violence across Pakistan claimed 10 lives and injured 16 others, officials said Saturday.

In the outskirts of Peshawar, explosives went off underneath a parked oil tanker that was carrying fuel for NATO forces, said Muhammad Ejaz Khan, a senior police official for the district.

The fire spread to vehicles and more than 80 shops in the Karkhana Bazar, killing two people, including a child, and injuring 15, he said.

Arshad Khan, a senior government official of Khyber Agency, told CNN that five militants opened fire on a second oil tanker carrying fuel for NATO as it passed through Jamrood Bazar in the Khyber district in Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The driver of the tanker was killed and a second individual was injured, he said.

Seven people were killed when more than a dozen gunmen ambushed a minivan in northwest Pakistan, a local government official told CNN.

The attack happened in Kurram, one of the districts in Pakistan's tribal region rife with sectarian violence and militant activity.

The van was carrying a family of Sunni Muslims, and authorities suspect they were targeted because of their religion, said official Sher Bahadar Khan.

Last week, the Pakistani military launched a fresh offensive against militants in Kurram. It said the offensive is targeting militants who had escaped offensives elsewhere in the tribal region.

 
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