The Straits Times
Published on Jan 10, 2013

13 dead in Pakistan gas cylinder blast at religious gathering: Police


PESHAWAR (AFP) - At least 13 people were killed when a gas cylinder exploded at a religious gathering in Pakistan's northwestern Swat valley on Thursday, officials said.

Another 67 people were wounded in the explosion which took place at a weekly meeting of the local Tableeghi Jamaat (preachers' party) at its primary centre in the outskirts of Mingora, the main town in the district, regional police chief Akhtar Hayat said.

"According to initial reports it was a gas cylinder blast," another senior police officer Gul Afzal Afridi told AFP.

There were around 1,500 people listening to the speech of a Muslim cleric at the centre when the cylinder exploded, he said.