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13 April 2024

25 killed in Pakistan suicide attack: officials

By Agencies

A suicide bomb attack at a gathering of tribal elders and local officials in northwest Pakistan on Sunday killed at least 25 people, security officials and state media said.

The blast took place in Zarghon village near the tribal town of Darra Adam Khel, the scene of violent clashes between Pakistani troops and Islamic militants earlier this year, said local security official, Shireen Khan, said.

At least 25 people were killed and many others wounded, state television said.

Khan told AFP by telephone that dozens had been killed or wounded, without giving a specific death toll.

The official said the head of the suspected suicide bomber had been recovered.

In January, soldiers launched an offensive in Darra Adam Khel, located near the main regional city of Peshawar, to clear Islamic militants from a strategic road tunnel.

At least 13 soldiers and about 50 militants were killed in those clashes. (AFP)