A SUICIDE bomb tore through a Pakistani mosque during weekly prayers, bringing down the roof, killing more than 50 people and trapping more under rubble.
Suicide attack at Pakistani mosque kills 50, injures dozens more — AFP
The attack in the volatile northwest was the deadliest in the country, which is on the frontline of the US-led war on al-Qaeda, in two months. Dozens of people were critically wounded and officials feared the toll could rise.
The bomber struck a mosque in Akhurwall village, in the semi-tribal northwest area of Darra Adam Khel, about 90 miles west of the Pakistani capital Islamabad.
Ambulances and private volunteers rushed to bring the victims to a hospital in Peshawar, the main city in the northwest.
Local administration official Gul Jamal Khan said that more than 100 people were inside the mosque when the bomb exploded. “The roof of its main hall collapsed after the blast. Several people are buried under the debris,” he said.
Friday’s bombing was the deadliest in Pakistan since a suicide attacker slaughtered 60 people at a Shiite Muslim rally in the southwestern city of Quetta on September 3.