PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A car bomb exploded amid scores of people lining up at a food distribution center in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 17 people and injuring 28 others in what appeared to be a rare attack on Pakistanis displaced by the country’s war against insurgents.
The blast occurred at the Jalozai camp, a sprawling tent settlement near the northwest city of Nowshera that for years has been home to Pakistanis displaced by fighting between troops and militants.
Muhammad Hussain, a local police officer, said about 75 pounds of explosives were planted in an abandoned car parked near a food distribution point supplied by the United Nations’ World Food Program.
Haji Gulbat, a member of the camp’s coordination committee, said many of the victims had been critically injured, and that the death toll was likely to increase. Gulbat said almost all of the dead and injured were camp residents, though a female worker for a Pakistani aid group was also killed, local authorities said.