50 killed in suicide bomber attack in Pakistan

July 9, 2010 17:10

KHAR, Pakistan  — Two suicide bombers struck outside a government office Friday in a tribal region where Pakistan's army has fought the Taliban, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 100, officials said.

The attack, one of the deadliest in Pakistan this year, indicated that militants remain a potent force in the country's tribal belt bordering Afghanistan despite army offensives against them.The bombers detonated their explosives near the Yakaghund village office of Rasool Khan, a deputy administrator of the Mohmand tribal region who escaped unharmed. At least one bomber was on a motorcycle.

Some 70 to 80 shops in the area were damaged or destroyed, Rasool Khan said. A prison building also was damaged, and some 28 prisoners — ordinary criminals, not militants — had apparently escaped, he said.

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