A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people and wounded 35 others as they attended prayers at a mosque in a north-western Pakistani tribal area on Friday (Sept 16), officials said.

 

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The bombing took place in the village of Butmana in the Mohmand tribal district bordering Afghanistan where the army has been fighting against Taleban militants.

 

“The Friday prayer was in progress at the mosque when a suicide bomber blew himself up killing at least 16 worshippers and wounding 35 others,” a senior tribal administration official told AFP. “The area is remote and so far I have received only this information from our sources via wireless.”

 

Another local government official confirmed the information.

 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Pakistani Taleban in particular routinely attack soft targets such as courts, schools and mosques.