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40 killed in Khyber mosque bombing

40 killed in Khyber mosque bombing

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Aug 19, 2011 - 15:00

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): Up 40 people were killed on Friday in a massive suicide attack on a mosqueinfo-icon in Pakistaninfo-icon's northwestern tribal region of Khyber, bordering Afghanistaninfo-icon, officials said.

Another 85 worshippers were wounded in the blast at the Ghundai Mosque in the Jamrud sub-district, a political administration official told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Alamzeb Khan Afridi said the bomb ripped through the crowded mosque, where 300 people were offering Friday prayers, at around 2pm. The mosque was extensively damaged.

A private Pakistan TV channel reported more than 100 believers were wounded. The roof of the mosque collapsed as a result of the powerful explosion, Geo News said.

Witness Pir Mohammad said body parts and bloodstains were strewn around the scene, with rescuers still trying to evacuate casualties to hospital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Pakistani Talibaninfo-icon and allied groups often attack targets in the federally administered tribal area.

Elsewhere in the troubled tribal belt, four suspected militants were killed in a fresh drone strike in the Sheen Warsak area of South Waziristan Agency.

At least two people were wounded, as missiles were fired into Ahmed Noor's residence, the channel quoted an unnamed intelligence source as saying.

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