Bomb in Khyber region kills 29

Peshawar: A bomb blast at a mosque in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt killed 29 people including some militants on Thursday. The attack in Khyber tribal region came as US special envoy Richard Holbrooke met Pakistan’s prime minister in Islamabad. It also followed revelations that Pakistani authorities have been picking up Afghan Taliban leaders on their soil, a longtime US demand.

The explosion tore through a mosque in the Aka Khel area of Khyber, killing at least 29 people and wounding some 50 others, local official Jawed Khan said. Earlier reports had said the blast occurred in the Orakzai area at a cattle market.

The two areas border one another, and the market is apparently near the mosque. No group claimed responsibility, but Khan said the dead included militants from Lashkar-e-Islam, an insurgent group that has clashed with another militant outfit known as Ansarul Islam. Both espouse Taliban-style ideologies.