50 die in Pak suicide attack
Peshawar, Dec 6: Two suicide bombers disguised as policemen targeted a gathering of anti-Taliban tribesmen and pro-government elders killing at least 50 people and injuring 120 others today in Pakistan’s northwest.
The first suicide bomber blew himself up outside the office of an assistant political agent in Ghalanai, the headquarters of Muhammad Agency. Security personnel were attempting to capture the second attacker at a gate when he detonated his suicide vest.
Fifty people were killed and 120 others injured, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Information Minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, told reporters in Peshawar.
The bombers’ suicide vests were filled with bullets, which killed many people, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a string of assaults targeting members of anti-militant ‘lashkars’ backed by the government.
Two anti-Taliban tribal elders, including the chief of an anti-militant militia, two television journalists and government employees were among the dead. Twenty of the injured were in a serious condition, officials said.
About two dozen seriously injured people were taken to Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the attack, describing it as an “inhuman and brutal act of militants who have no regard for any religion.”
Lastupdate on : Mon, 6 Dec 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 6 Dec 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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