At least 13 people were killed Sunday in a roadside bombing in north-western Pakistan near the Afghan border, a police official said.
The early morning incident occurred in the Lower Dir district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where government forces are fighting al-Qaeda-linked rebels, dpa reported.
District police official Farman Ullah said by phone that the vehicle carrying villagers was hit by a bomb detonated by remote control.
"Thirteen people including two women were killed in the blast while six injured were taken to medical facilities," he said.
Pakistan's security forces claimed they had cleared the Dir regions of militants several times, but the guerrillas are believed to have fled to the mountains and into Afghanistan, from where they conduct cross-border raids into Dir.