* SUV loaded with 250kg of explosives detonated in middle of volleyball match in Shah Hasan Khel village
* Nearly 300, including children and elderly, present at time of attack

At least 90 people were killed after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden pickup truck in the middle of a volleyball game in the village of Shah Hasan Khel, in Bannu division of Lakki Marwat on New Year’s Day.

“It’s just a disaster. I can see flesh, bodies and wounded all around,” Fazl-e-Akbar, a witness, told Reuters by telephone. “It’s dark. Vehicles’ headlights are being used to search for victims.”

Local police chief Ayub Khan told Reuters the bomber blew himself up in an SUV in the middle of the field and there was believed to be a second vehicle, which fled the scene. Police say more than 60 people are being treated at local hospitals. Security forces have cordoned off the village.

High-intensity explosives: Khan said the bomber drove a vehicle loaded with around 250 kilogrammes of high-intensity explosives onto the field, which lies in a congested neighbourhood. Some nearby houses collapsed and “we fear that some 10 or so people might have been trapped in the rubble.”

Khan said that more than 20 houses, on both sides of the open ground where the match was being played, had collapsed.

Daily Times