Sui­cide bombers kill dozens in Pak­istan

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PESHAWAR: Forty peo­ple were killed and 60 oth­ers in­jured on Mon­day when two sui­cide at­tack­ers tar­geted a govern­ment com­pound, where an anti-Tal­iban mili­tia was hold­ing a meet­ing, in the law­less Mohmand tribal re­gion of north­west Pak­istan.

The first sui­cide bomber blew him­self up out­side the of­fice of an as­sis­tant po­lit­i­cal agent in Gha­lanai, the head­quar­ters of Mohmand Agency.

Se­cu­rity forces at­tempted to cap­ture the sec­ond at­tacker, who det­o­nated his sui­cide vest out­side an­other of­fice.

Forty peo­ple were killed and more than 60 oth­ers in­jured, Muham­mad Ja­hangir, Med­i­cal Su­per­in­ten­dent of the state-run hos­pi­tal in Gha­lanai, told the me­dia.

Twenty of the in­jured were in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion, he said.

Sev­eral se­ri­ously in­jured per­sons were taken to Peshawar, the cap­i­tal of Khy­ber-Pakhtunkhwa prov­ince.

No group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

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".

The blasts caused wide­spread dam­age to the govern­ment com­pound.

How­ever, two as­sis­tant po­lit­i­cal agents whose of­fices were tar­geted by the at­tack­ers es­caped un­hurt.

Se­cu­rity forces cor­doned off the site of the blast and au­thor­i­ties im­posed cur­few in Gha­lanai.

The en­try points of Mohmand Agency were cor­doned off and ad­di­tional se­cu­rity per­son­nel were de­ployed at all check posts in the re­gion.

Of­fi­cials said the bombers were try­ing to tar­get mem­bers of the anti-Tal­iban mili­tia who were hold­ing a meet­ing in the govern­ment com­pound. Over 100 peo­ple were present in the com­pound.

Tehsil­dar Shams-ul-Is­lam said the at­tack­ers came to the com­pound on mo­tor­cy­cles.

"The se­cu­rity ar­range­ments at the of­fices are fool­proof but sui­cide at­tack­ers can strike any­where. There were no lapses on our part," Sham­sul-Is­lam said. -PB News

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