Suicide Bomb Kills 48 at Pakistan Mosque

80 injured; locals dig through ruins for survivors
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 27, 2009 6:33 AM CDT
An unidentified man talks to a victim of today's suicide attack Pakistan.    (AP Photo/Mohammad Iqbal)
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(Newser) – A suicide bombing in a packed northwestern Pakistan mosque killed at least 48 people and injured scores more today, AP reports. The blast badly damaged the mosque in Jamrud, a town near the Afghan border in an area beset by Taliban attacks as well as vicious feuds between rival tribes and militant groups. About 250 people were attending prayers when the bomber struck, an official said.

Rescuers have pulled 48 bodies from the rubble, he said, predicting the toll would likely rise further. Another 80 people are said to be injured. Television footage showed scores of residents and police digging frantically through the ruins of the white-walled mosque, whose roof appeared to have caved in. Jamrud lies in the semiautonomous Khyber tribal region, where militants have intensified attacks on trucks carrying supplies to NATO and US forces in Afghanistan.