Friday, September 16, 2016

Pakistan: Suicide bomber shouting “Allahu akbar” kills dozens in a packed mosque

Friday, the Muslim holy day.
(Reuters) AT LEAST 25 people are dead in northwestern Pakistan, after a suicide bomber shouted “Allahu akbar” and blew himself up in a packed mosque, a local official says.

At least 30 other people were wounded in the attack during Friday prayers.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing in Payee Khan, a village in Mohmand Agency that is part of the lawless Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) bordering Afghanistan.

“The suicide bomber was in a crowded mosque, he shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) and then there was a huge blast,” Naveed Akbar, deputy administrator of Mohmand Agency, said.

Mr Akbar added that some fatalities appear to have been caused when part of the mosque caved in from the force of the blast.