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March 5, 2021

Pakistan suicide bomb attack kills at least 40

A suicide bomb attack in north-west Pakistan has left at least 40 people dead, local officials have said, BBC News reported. The attack took place at a government compound in the Mohmand Agency as officials met anti-Taliban allies. Dozens of people have also been hurt in the attack, local media say.

The area borders Afghanistan and is a stronghold of the Taliban and al-Qaeda. The military has launched offensives there but insurgent attacks continue on a regular basis. A Taliban spokesman said the group was behind the latest attack. It was carried out by two suicide bombers disguised in police uniforms and targeted a local administration compound in Ghalanai, the main town in Mohmand, about 175km north-west of the capital Islamabad.

More than 100 people were said to be in the compound, where talks were taking place between government officials, tribal elders and local anti-Taliban groups. One official, Mohammad Khalid Khan said tribal elders and police officials were among the dead. At least two journalists were also killed. Thousands of people have been killed in al-Qaeda and Taliban attacks across Pakistan since government forces raided an extremist mosque in Islamabad in 2007. In July, a double suicide bombing in the village of Yakaghund in Mohmand, which also targeted tribal elders, killed more than 100 people.

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