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20 killed in blast in NW Pakistan
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14:18, December 21, 2007

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A suicide blast took place in northwestern Pakistan on Friday when people were offering Eid prayers, leaving over 20 people dead, the official PTV reported.

The blast occurred in a mosque near the village of former interior minister Aftab Sherpao who was attending the prayers with his family members, said the report.

Sherpao was offering prayers at the first row when a suicide attacker launched the attack at the second row, leaving over 20 people dead and many others injured. Sherpao was unhurt.

Over 1,000 people were present at the time of blast in the mosque, some 25 km from Peshawar, capital of North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

The injured and dead bodies are being transferred to local hospitals and the police are collecting details of the attack.

Sherpao is the head of Pakistan People's Party (Sherpao group) and former Chief Minister NWFP. He has filed nomination papers to contest in the forthcoming general elections.

Source:Xinhua



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