Blast Kills Foreign Aid Workers, Students in Pakistan

Four foreign aid workers and three Pakistani schoolgirls were among the eight killed in a roadside bombing in a village in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province, Agence France-Presse reports.

The blast struck a convoy of foreign aid workers, journalists and paramilitary escorts en route to a girl’s school in the conflict-riddled Lower Dir district, local police said. Four local journalists were injured in the attack.

The explosion damaged the school and tore through three vehicles, Pakistani police told AFP.

Authorities are still determining the identities of the slain foreign aid workers as of this posting. But sources on the ground confirmed that the four all worked for international charities.

Pakistani forces have been hunting down Taliban insurgents in the Lower Dir district and adjacent locales, where militants have targeted school buildings and military checkpoints.

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