UNHCR condemns bomb attack in Pakistan's Jalozai camp for internally displaced people

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Displaced men wait to be registered at Jalozai camp. They fled fighting in the north-west between government forces and militants.© UNHCR/T.Irwin.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has condemned the car bomb attack at a camp for internally displaced persons in northern Pakistan on Thursday in which approximately ten people died.

The agency says the Jalozai camp is the largest in Pakistan with about 12,500 displaced families or close to 60,000 people.

Adrian Edwards is UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva.

"UNHCR is appalled by the bomb attack that took place yesterday in a camp for internally displaced people in northern Pakistan. The attack was in the Jalozai camp near Peshawar in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. At least ten people are known to have been killed, and several dozen others are left wounded. The dead are residents of the camp and an aid worker from a local non-governmental organization. What we know about the attack from police accounts is that the bomb exploded in a car parked near the administrative office where people had lined up to get registered." (31")

Adrian Edwards says witnesses to the attack reported extremely distressing scenes with body parts everywhere.

UNHCR is calling on Pakistan to further improve security arrangements around the camp and make sure that internally displaced people and humanitarian workers are safe and not targeted.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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