Female Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 43 at World Food Program

A female suicide bomber detonated her explosives-laden vest killing at least 43 people at an aid distribution center in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday.

The female suicide bomber dressed in a Burqa tossed grenades at police before she got close to a crowd of people and blew herself up. The explosion occurred in Khar, the main town of lawless Bajaur tribal district, once a stronghold of Taliban militants.

There are three main tribes in Bajaur: Utman Khel, Tarkalanri, and Mamund. The largest tribe is Utman Khel, judged by population or territory. The Utman Khel are at the southeast of Bajaur, while Mamund are at the southwest, and the Tarkani are at the north of Bajaur. Its border with Afghanistan’s Kunar province makes it of strategic importance to Pakistan and the region.