Roadside bomb kills 10 in Upper Dir

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9 Oct, 2008

A roadside bomb exploded near a prison van and a school bus in Upper Dir on Thursday, killing at least ten people, a local mayor and a police official said.

Three school children, four policemen and three prisoners died in the remote-controlled blast in the Upper Dir district, near the Swat Valley, where troops are battling suspected militants, they said.

"The van was carrying prisoners to jail after court proceedings when the roadside remote-controlled bomb went off," local mayor Sahibzada Tariqullah said, confirming the deaths of the policemen and the prisoners.

Senior police official Khurshid Khan said the three children were killed as their school bus was driving past at the time of the blast.