Up to seven people were killed and six injured on Wednesday when a bomb exploded near a van packed with passengers here at Khurrakai area of Khyber Agency.

Official sources have not yet confirmed the nature of bomb weather the explosive were planted in the van or roadside planted bomb hit the van in which seven persons were killed at the spot and six others sustained wounds.

It was reported that van was coming from Khurrakai village to tehsil Jamrud of Khyber Agency. Around 15 people including Haji Gulab were traveling in the van when the tragic incident occurred.

Confirming the blast and causalities, official sources said that death toll may increase as some injured were in critical condition.

However, it was not yet confirmed that who was the target of the blast neither any organization claimed responsibility for the blast.

Immediately after the blast locals and security forces personnel rushed to the spot and shifted the injured and dead bodies to Hayatabad Medical Complex. Security forces cordoned off the entire area and started search for the criminals.

It is pertinent to be mentioned here that people of Zakhakhel tribe in Khyber Agency and other such tribes who took up arms and have stood up against the insurgents in the restive region have been previously targeted by the insurgents and several tribesmen fell prey to the incidents of terror.