|Published : 16 Sep 2016, 17:46:14 | Updated : 17 Sep 2016, 13:01:41|
Suicide bomber kills at least 16 in Pakistan mosque
A suicide bomber, detonating himself in a packed mosque in a north-western Pakistan, killed at least 16 people, screaming "Allahu Akbar."
More than 20 people injured in the bombing during Friday prayers, reports Reuters.
A second regional official confirmed the bombing in the village of Payee Khan, in the troubled Mohmand region of the lawless Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) bordering Afghanistan.
"The suicide bomber was in crowded mosque, he shouted 'Allahu Akbar' (God is greatest) and then there was a huge blast," Naveed Akbar, deputy administrator of Mohmand agency, said.
Shaukat Khan, another official in the north-western FATA region, said at least 24 people were wounded.
"Many people were gathered inside the mosque where a suicide bomber blew him up," he said.
Pakistan's frontier regions, which are deeply conservative and hard to access due to rough terrain, have long been the sanctuary of fighters from al Qaeda, the Taliban and other Islamist groups. –RH