At least 40 people have been killed and dozens of others injured in a blast at a political gathering in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to reports.

Iran PressAsia: The blast targeted the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) party when more than 400 members and supporters gathered under a tent in the town of Khar, near the border with Afghanistan, on Sunday, officials said. Khar is located in the former tribal area of Bajaur. 

Emergency officials confirmed 40 deaths to Geo News.

The health minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province confirmed 39 deaths with at least 120 people injured. 

"I can confirm that in the hospital we have 39 dead bodies, with 123 wounded that includes 17 patients in a serious condition," Riaz Anwar told AFP. 

JUI-F is a political party that is part of the government coalition. 


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