A file photo shows Afghan policeman frisking a man at a highway checkpoint after a suicide bombing attack on a NATO mission convoy receives medical attention at a hospital in Khost, Afghanistan, Monday, October 1, 2012. EFE/FILE/Shah Noorani

Explosion at restaurant kills 3 Pakistanis in Afghanistan’s Khost

Kabul, Aug 14 (EFE).- At least three Pakistani migrants were killed and seven others sustained wounds in a powerful explosion at an east Afghanistan restaurant on Monday, officials said.

What caused the explosion was not known immediately.

The blast took place inside a restaurant in the Afghan province of Khost, according to a statement from the provincial police headquarters.

The statement said most of the victims were from neighboring Pakistan.

“The explosion killed three migrants from Waziristan (a Pakistani border city) and wounded seven others,” the statement said.

The statement did not specify whether the explosion was accidental or an attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Police said the victims came from the other side of the Durand Line – the internationally recognized border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Pakistani migrants have crossed over to seek refuge in a camp in the Golani region of Khost province.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, an Afghan resident and an eyewitness to the explosion, told EFE that the “strong blast affected a nearby hotel and shops.”

The regions across the Durand Line are home to active armed groups, including the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which is not directly linked but shares ideology with the Afghan Taliban movement.

Thousands of Pakistanis, mainly Pashtuns, have fled for refuge on the Afghan side. EFE