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Suicide Bombing Near Mosque in Pakistan Kills 19

Feb. 1, 2013

At least 19 people were killed and around 35 injured on Friday in a suicide attack near a mosque in Pakistan's north-western province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, police said.

The blast occurred in Patt Bazar in Hangu city, 150 kilometres south of the provisional capital Peshawar, when a bomber detonated his explosives among a crowd coming out of the mosque after Friday prayers.

"It was a suicide bombing and so far 19 people have been killed and around 35 injured," said Saeed Ahmad, district head of police.

Local bomb disposal expert Asad Ullah said that up to seven kilograms of explosive material were used in the bomb.

Television footage showed several shops damaged in the bombing.

Nobody immediately took responsibility, but Taliban militants frequently target civilians and security forces in the region.

State-run Pakistan Television said that Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf condemned the bombing.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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