25 die in bombing at mosque in Pakistan

PESHAWAR (Pakistan) • The death toll in a suicide bombing in northwestern Pakistan yesterday has touched 25, according to a regional official, with 30 wounded during the attack on a packed mosque.

"A portion of the mosque and veranda collapsed in the blast and fell on worshippers. We are still retrieving bodies and the injured from the rubble of the mosque building," Mr Naveed Akbar, the deputy administrator of Mohmand Agency, said.

Another local government official confirmed the incident. He said: "The area is remote and, so far, I have received only this information from our sources via wireless."

The attack took place during Friday prayers in the village of Payee Khan, in the Mohmand Agency region of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) bordering Afghanistan. There was no immediate claim of responsi- bility, but the Pakistani Taleban routinely attack soft targets such as courts, schools and mosques.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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