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Suicide Attack On Pak Mosque Kills 13

Islamabad, Mar 24: A suicide bomber targeted a mosque inside a base of a terror group in the Khyber tribal region of northwest Pakistan today, killing 13 people, a majority of them militants, and injuring

PTI [ Updated: March 24, 2012 8:48 IST ]
suicide attack on pak mosque kills 13
suicide attack on pak mosque kills 13

Islamabad, Mar 24: A suicide bomber targeted a mosque inside a base of a terror group in the Khyber tribal region of northwest Pakistan today, killing 13 people, a majority of them militants, and injuring several others.


The attacker struck at the time of Friday prayers at the base the banned Lashkar-e-Islam in the remote Tirah Valley, which borders Afghanistan.

The blast ripped through the mosque-cum-madrassa, killing 13 people instantly, officials of the political administration told the media.

The bomber detonated his explosive vest when some Lashkar-e-Islam militants intercepted him and opened fire.

Eight members of Lashkar-e-Islam were among the dead.

According to one report, the attacker was trying to plant a bomb, which went off when the Lashkar-e-Islam men opened fire.

The Lashkar-e-Islam base is run by Yar Walil Khan, the nephew of the group's chief, Mangal Bagh Afridi.

The fate of Yar Wali Khan could not immediately be ascertained.

A spokesperson for the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack in phone calls to the media in northwest Pakistan.

The Lashkar-e-Islam and the Taliban have been engaged in a turf war in Khyber Agency for over a year.

The same mosque was targeted by the Lashkar-e-Islam's rivals on February 18 last year.

At least 30 people were killed and over 70 injured in that attack.

The latest attack came exactly three weeks after a suicide bombing at another Lashkar-e-Islam mosque in Tirah killed 22 people after Friday prayers.

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