WANA, (Pakistan), Dec 8: Twelve people were killed and more than 40 injured Thursday when a powerful blast ripped through a market in Pakistan's restive tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, local officials said, report agencies.
The cause of the explosion in the town of Jandola in the troubled South Waziristan region was not immediately clear, but some officials said it had happened in a weapons shop.
The area was already tense after a series of incidents, including the reported killing of an Al-Qaeda commander, the abduction and murder of two soldiers and a clash between militants and criminals in which 15 people died.
"Twelve people were killed and more than 40 people were hurt" in the Jandola blast, one official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Other local administration officials confirmed the figure.
They said the blast happened at around 9:00 am (0400 GMT).