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10 killed in Pakistan mosque bombing

10 killed in Pakistan mosque bombing

Mar 04, 2011 - 17:04

ISLAMABAD: Ten worshippers were killed and more than two dozen wounded in a powerful bomb explosion in Pakistaninfo-icon's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Friday, officials said.

The blast took place inside a packed mosqueinfo-icon during Juma prayers in the garrison town of Nowshera, a local police officer told Pajhwok Afghan News. Up to 300 believers were in the mosque.

Parts of the mosque, located inside the Akhund Panjo Baba's shrine in Akbarpura area were damaged, Fazal Manan said, adding that victims could not be immediately identified.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Nowshera and Peshawar, he said. A large number of people had gathered to take food from a 'langar' (community kitchen) at the shrine.

A bomb disposal squad expert said the explosive device had been placed in a cupboard near the mosque's mihrab -- a semicircular prayer niche. The bomb weighed about six kilograms, Mohammad Ramazan said.

A doctor at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar confirmed receiving six bodies and 20 injured people. Three of the injured were in critical condition, Purdal Khan said.

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