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Explosion in Pakistan Injures 13

July 13, 2002

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) _ An explosion at an archaeological site in northern Pakistan injured 13 people Saturday, most of them German and Austrian tourists, police said. Officials said no one was seriously hurt.

Officials said they were uncertain what caused the blast about 170 miles north of Peshawar. But the government-run news agency quoted a senior Interior Ministry official as saying a handmade explosive device was thrown at the tourists.

The agency also quoted Brig. Javed Iqbal Cheema as saying that all the injured had been treated at an area hospital and released.

``They are returning to Islamabad,″ he was quoted as saying.

No arrests have been made so far, the agency reported.

Police said a tourist van carrying about 21 people had stopped at the site of inscriptions associated with the Mauryan emperor Ashoka when the explosion occurred.

Seven Germans, three Austrians and three Pakistanis were injured, police said.

In the capital Islamabad, the Interior Ministry confirmed the explosion but offered no further details.

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