Monday 18 December 2017

Suicide bomb attack kills dozens in Pakistan

Aizaz Mohmand in Peshwar

Suspected Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 40 people at the office compound of a government official in northwest Pakistan yesterday.

"There were two bombers. They were on foot. The first blew himself up inside the office of one of my deputies while the second one set off explosives when guards caught him," said Amjad Ali Khan, the top government official in Mohmand region, who appeared to be the target of the attack. They were dressed in paramilitary uniforms, he said.

The dead in the suicide bombings included two Pakistani television journalists.

Hospital officials said 60 people were wounded in the attack in Mohmand, one of the lawless ethnic Pashtun tribal regions in Pakistan's northwest.

Pakistan Taliban spokesman Omar Khalid said the group carried out the attack.

Irish Independent

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