At least a 102 people are now known to have died in a suicide attack in Pakistan’s volatile border region close to Afghanistan. More than a 100 were also wounded in yesterday’s blast, the deadliest assault in Pakistan this year. The latest figures nearly double the previously announced death toll.
Eyewitnesses, say the bomber rode into the village on a motorbike, as tribal elders gathered near a senior government official’s office.
Located in the north-western Mohmand region, the suspected retaliatory attack comes as Pakistani security forces step up their campaign against Taliban and al-Queda insurgents in the area.
The large explosion hit several shops and TV footage showed victims being pulled from the rubble. The latest bombing comes a week after 42 people were killed in a strike in Pakistan’s most important Sufi Shrine in the eastern city of Lahore.