Suicide bomber kills 21 in Pakistan

By REUTERS
February 17, 2012 13:58

PARACHINAR, Pakistan - A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest outside a mosque in a Shi'ite neighborhood on Friday in the restive northwestern Kurram tribal region near the Afghanistan border, killing at least 21 people, local government and security officials said.

The bomber struck outside the mosque in a busy market in Parachinar, the main town in Kurram, after Friday prayers, in the latest attack by Sunni militants against minority Shi'ites.

"The bomber hurt many people. We have 21 bodies, and 10 of the wounded are in critical condition," Liaqat Bangash, a local emergency official told Reuters.

Fazal Saeed, leader of a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.


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