Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pakistan mosque blast kills 68

Medics assist a man injured in a suicide bomb attack in Darra Adam Khei. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

AKHURWALL (Pakistan) - THE toll from a suicide bombing on a mosque packed with worshippers rose to 68 on Saturday, as four others died in an attack nearby, ending a lull in violence in Pakistan's militant-riddled northwest.

In the country's deadliest attack in two months a mosque was reduced to blood-spattered rubble strewn with body parts after a suicide bomber detonated explosives as worshippers attended Friday prayers.

The blast, which occurred in the Darra Adem Khel region, was followed hours later by a grenade assault on a second mosque in the same area, which killed at least four people.

'Sixty-eight people are now confirmed dead in the mosque suicide bombing,' top local administration official Shahidullah told AFP.

The official said the death toll might rise after many people took away the bodies of their loved ones from the site of the attack so those were not included in the grim counting process.

Dozens were critically wounded and officials fear the toll from both attacks could rise. -- AFP

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