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Archive for Friday, December 21, 2007

Suicide bomb kills dozens near home of ex-leader

December 21, 2007

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— A suicide attacker detonated a bomb early today at a mosque outside the home of Pakistan's former interior minister as he received visitors on an Islamic holiday, killing at least 35 people and wounding dozens more, authorities said.

The blast went off as worshippers held prayers for the Eid holy day at the mosque in Aftab Khan Sherpao's residential compound in Sherpao, a village about 25 miles northeast of the city of Peshawar, a witness said.

Sherpao was safe, but dozens of people were killed, according to Kamal Shah, a top Interior Ministry official in Islamabad. State television said 20 were killed. Provincial police chief Sharif Virk said authorities were still determining the casualties, adding that one of Sherpao's sons was hurt.

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