35 Dead in Suicide Bombing at Pakistan Funeral

Service for police superintendent targeted
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 29, 2008 4:05 PM CST
Troops of the Pakistan army patrol in the troubled area of Matta near Mingora in northwest Pakistan on Monday, Jan, 28, 2008. A suicide bombing at a Mingora funeral killed at least 35 today. (AP Photo/Sherin...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – At least 35 people were killed and at least 60 injured today when a suicide bomber struck a funeral in northwest Pakistan' near the border with Afghanistan, the AP reports. The funeral in the Swat Valley drew 800 mourners for a police official killed today by a roadside bomb in the region, rife with conflict between authorities and pro-Taliban forces.

The explosion occurred as pallbearers moved the coffin to the grave. “As the coffin was lifted I moved toward the gate but suddenly a big explosion took place, which dashed me against the gate,” said a policeman. “It was hell.” The Swat Valley, once a tourist destination, has become a key recruiting ground for the Taliban and al-Qaeda, the BBC reports. (Read more Pakistan stories.)