Pak Affairs

40 killed, 70 hurt in Mohmand Agency blast

MOHMAND AGENCY: At least 40 people were killed and 70 others wounded when two suspected suicide blasts hit office of the political administration in Mohmand Agency on Monday. According to details, two suspected suicide bombers targeted a local administrated compound in Ghalalnai, district of Mohmand agency near afghan border killed 40 people including 3 officials, 2 journalists and tribal elders.

More than 100 people were believed to have been in the compound where government officials, allied tribal elders and members of local anti-Taliban militia were holding talks, leading to fears that the death toll could rise.

The 30 injured have been shifted to Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. An emergency has been imposed at Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar. Two bodies have also been taken to Peshawar’s hospital. The hospital officials said that several injured people are in critical condition. Other injured were shifted in to different hospitals. Local administration officials said that the first suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance and the second inside the compound.

“There were two bombers. They were on foot. The first blew himself up inside the office of one of my deputies while the second one set off explosives when guards caught him.” An injured official told reporters. “There were two suicide attackers, both came on motorbikes,” he added

Security forces cordoned off the area immediately after the attack and imposed curfew. While talking to the media after visiting the injured in Lady Reading Hospital, provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that the government was taking all possible measures to curb the menace of terrorism from the country. But, he added, peace in Pakistan is linked to peace in Afghanistan.

He bitterly condemned the suicide blast and directed the hospital administration to provide better facilities to the injured. Mian Iftikhar Hussain was of the view that this situation will continue in the country for the next 14 years if proper steps are not taken against terrorism. It was the second suicide attack in five months targeting Mohmand tribal elders allied to the government. On July 9, a suicide car bomb attack killed 105 people in the town of Yakaghund, also in the region.-SANA

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