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Bombers kill refugees waiting for food

April 18, 2010

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— Two burqa-clad suicide bombers attacked refugees from a Pakistani offensive against the Taliban, killing 41 lined up to register for food and other relief supplies.

The victims were among around 200,000 people to have left the Orakzai region along the Afghan border since the end of last year, when Pakistan’s army began offensive ground and air operations against militants based in the remote, tribally administered region.

The registration point in Kohat region was managed by the local administration, but sometimes used by foreign humanitarian groups, including the World Food Program, to deliver aid. There was no claim of responsibility for Saturday’s bombings, which is not unusual when ordinary Pakistanis are killed.

The United Nations said it was temporarily suspending work helping displaced people in Kohat and neighboring Hangu as a result of the attack.

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