Travel insurance carriers often provide information about current events that affect coverage. This can include weather events, civil or political unrest or health warnings. Such travel alerts are available in newsletters, blogs or on the carrier’s website. The following is a travel alert from HTH regarding the bombings in Pakistan.
August 24, 2010. Series of bombs kill dozen in Pakistan
SOURCE: Altegrity Risk International
It was reported that militants have embarked on a renewed campaign of violence in Pakistan. This time tribal elders who aligned with government authorities have faced the brunt of the violence directed by militants. The fresh wave of violence began when roadside planted mines exploded in Baizai areas of Mohmand Agency while vehicles carrying members of a peace committee was passing through. At least six were killed and five others were reportedly injured.
On the evening of August 23rd, militants escalated their attacks and a suicide bomber targeted a former pro-government legislator while he was offering prayers in a mosque located in close proximity of Wana Bazaar in South Waziristan Agency. At least 18 people, including the former legislator were killed and 25 others injured. In another similar incident of violence, a road side planted bomb targeted a vehicle carrying a pro-government tribal elder in Mattani areas, outside of Peshawar. Three people including the tribal elder and members of the peace committee were killed and three others were injured.
In central Kurram Agency on the afternoon of August 23rd, while members of a peace committee gathered to discuss modalities to expel militants out of the area, a remote controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED) exploded killing eight people and injured a number of others.