At least 16 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in Pakistan. The blast struck as Muslims gathered for Friday prayers in the Mohmand Agency district, on the border with Afghanistan. “The suicide bomber was in crowded mosque, he shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’, and then there was a huge blast,” Naveed Akbar, deputy administrator of the region, told a foreign news agency correspondent. Officials said at least 16 people were killed and 23 injured and there were fears the death toll could rise as rescue operations continued. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. It came a day after a woman was killed by a grenade in Lower Mohmand Agency after militants attacked a pro-government tribal elder’s home. Banned Tehrik-i-Taliban (Pakistani Taliban) militants and their allies such as LeJ, ASWJ, Sipah-e-Sahaba are waging a takfiri insurgency in the area and have launched a series of bombing attacks and assaults on security services.
September 20, 2012