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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2588

Suicide blast in Mosque kills 32 in northwest Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Peshawar, 05 June, (Asiantribune.com): Over two dozen people were killed when a suicide bomber ripped through a mosque packed with worshippers in northwest Pakistan Friday, killing 32 people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest such attack in more than two months.

The suicide bomber struck a mosque in village of Hayagai Sharqai in Upper Dir packed with people offering Friday prayer.

According to top government official of Upper Dir, Atifur Rehman thirty-two people are confirmed killed and more than 40 were wounded in a suicide blast inside the mosque.

“We fear the death toll may rise to 45 because people are still trapped under the debris. Rescue work is under way and there are body parts scattered in the courtyard of the mosque," Rehman said.

"The suicide attacker managed to enter the mosque and was trying to get into the middle of the crowd," he added. "Villagers, even women, came out of their homes and they are trying to identify their dead relatives through their clothes."

Talking to Asian Tribune on phone Police official Ataullah Khan said 32 dead had been identified and 70 wounded.

"Still we are pulling out dead bodies and body parts," he said, describing the mosque as "severely damaged" in the explosion.

The remote mountainous area borders the district of Swat where Pakistani military is battling against militants.

On March 27, a suicide bomber in Jamrud, in Khyber Agency also in northwest Pakistan, killed about 50 people in one of the deadliest such mosque attacks at Friday prayers in the country.

- Asian Tribune -

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