In an area “plagued by sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shias.” Sunni-Shi’ite Jihad Update: “Police: 18 van passengers killed after blast in northwest Pakistan,” by Reza Sayah for CNN, January 17 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — A planted bomb caused a blast that killed at least 18 people traveling in a passenger van in northwest Pakistan Monday, police said.
Around 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of explosives were planted inside the van, police official Islam Ud-Din said….
Earlier Monday, police said 11 people were injured in the blast….
It was not immediately clear why the passenger van was targeted, but the district of Hangu sits in a region plagued by sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shias….