Around eight people, including a schoolteacher, were killed and 10 others injured on Monday when a blast rocked a tribal council meeting in the restive Kurram region in Pakistan’s northwest.

The explosion occurred while the ‘jirga’ or meeting of tribal elders was ongoing in Khomcha area to settle a dispute regarding the ownership of a school.

A schoolteacher, who was acting as a negotiator, was among the 8 people killed, officials said, adding 10 others were injured in the attack.

Witnesses said the attack was carried out with a remote-controlled explosive device. The officials said the debris was still being cleared and the death toll could rise. No group claimed responsibility for the blast.

In a separate incident, security forces arrested four militants and destroyed their hideout during an operation in Shal Gazyan area of Kurram.


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