PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber targeted a mosque in Mohmand Agency’s Anbar tehsil during Friday prayers, leaving at least 16 people dead.
At least 23 others were injured in the blast, Assistant Political Agent Naveed Akbar told DawnNews. He added that the injured had been transported to hospitals in Bajaur Agency, Charsadda and Peshawar for treatment.
A security source confirmed the explosion was a suicide blast.
The source said that the suicide bomber blew himself up in the veranda of the mosque.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Pakistani Taliban in particular routinely attack soft targets such as courts, schools and mosques.
The army launched an operation in June 2014 in a bid to wipe out militant bases in the northwestern tribal areas and so bring an end to the bloody insurgency that has cost thousands of civilian lives since 2004. Security has since improved though scattered attacks still take place.
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