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Blast in Friday Prayer made Pakistan as Napakstan

March 27, 2009

70 feared dead in attack on Pak mosque


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Suicide blast in Pak mosque claims 70 lives, injures over 100

Rezaul H Laskar in Islamabad and A. Ali in Landi Kotal
27 Mar 2009, 1633 hrs IST, Times of India, Hindusthan Times, Rediffmail and Agencies.

At least 50 persons in the proximity over 70 were killed when a suicide bomber struck a mosque packed with worshippers for Friday prayers in Pakistan’s restive north-west Khyber tribal region on Friday and the two-storey shrine also collapsed in the blast.

In one of the worst terror strikes in the country, the mosque situated in Jamrud area of Khyber tribal agency was targeted leaving at least 100 persons injured. About 300 persons were reported to be inside the mosque at the time of the attack.

Assistant political agent Fida Bangash of Khyber Agency told TV channels that at least 50 people were killed after a suicide bomber blew him up. Among the dead were 15 members of the local political administration and the Khasadar force.

Another source says that A bomb destroyed a mosque in northwest Pakistan during prayers on Friday, killing at least 70 people, a TV channel said. Over 50 people are reported injured.

“Forty-five to 46 bodies have been retrieved … up to 70 people could have been killed,” the top administrator in the Khyber region, Tariq Hayat Khan, said.

The attack site is near the Pak-Afghan border. Terrorist outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban, headed by Baitullah Mehsud is suspected to be behind the attack.

Officials said the toll could rise since some victims were believed to be buried in the rubble.

About 30 personnel from the local Khasadar militia were in the mosque, which caved in after the blast, and officials said they could have been the target of the attack.

Tariq Hayat, the political agent of Khyber Agency, said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber. Other officials said the attacker had rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the mosque, which is located near a Khasadar check post on the Pakistan Afghanistan highway.

No group had yet claimed responsibility for the strike.

Five security personnel were among the dead while the rest were civilians, witnesses said.

Image: People gather at the blast site near Jamrud in the Khyber agency tribal region, about 30 km from the Afghan border on Friday.
Photograph: Reuters/Ali Imam.